Dateline: 23 October 2015
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I blogged about my garlic planting template several years ago. I also wrote about it in my book, The Complete Guide To Making Great Garlic Powder, and The Planet Whizbang Idea Book For Gardeners. But I think it's such a great idea that I'm mentioning it here again.
The template pictured above is one I made when I was planting a LOT of garlic (in my neighbor's field) as a homestead business. It is made out of Masonite and I keep it stored under my workshop. It is worse for wear, but still does it's job very well.
This year, just like last year, I have planted a single garden raised bed with garlic cloves. The bed is 30" wide and 15' long (I wrote about my garden beds At This Link). I tossed a pinch of bread flour on each template hole. There are 75 spots. That's enough garlic for our needs and to provide seed cloves for next year. Here is a picture of the bed with planting spots all marked...
The bed is now planted. I will leave it uncovered until it gets a few fall rains and the soil settles down. Then, before the really cold weather comes, I'll cover it with thin a black plastic mulch and some loose straw.
The garlic cloves will first develop some roots, then they will send up pointed shoots. Ideally, the roots will form and the shoots will not emerge, or barely emerge, before the winter snows come and growth stops. Then, early in the spring the shoots will emerge.
Based on my observations from last spring, I believe the shoots will pierce their way through the thin black plastic next spring. This will save me from trying to make a hole in the plastic for every garlic plant, as I've done in the past. If they do not spear their way through, I will be able to see them under the plastic and will make a hole for them as needed at that time.
Here's a picture of what this bed should look like next year (notice that there are no weeds)...