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Post  jimmy cee on 10/10/2013, 11:24 am

After attending a garlic presentation yesterday at our local library, I'm wondering how many should I plant per square.
They recommend 6inches apart for plants, and rows.
I am thinking I should be able to do better than that in MM.
This was given by a master gardener who specializes in garlic growing.
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Post  llama momma on 10/10/2013, 11:40 am

This is only my second year and I'm going with Seed Savers Instructions of 6-8 inches apart.  For me it's  six inches or 4 per square.   Seems to me crowding them could diminish bulb size and that's the opposite of my goal.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 10/10/2013, 11:55 am

LM,

Last year, I planted nine garlics per square and had good results--most of the bulbs were fairly large.

Perhaps I'll try an experimental square this year, though, and plant only four.

It's almost that time....
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Post  jimmy cee on 10/10/2013, 1:15 pm

OK good
I'll plant 6 in one square and 4 in another. 9 in another.
Although I am led to believe the size of the garlic head is dependent on the size of the  clove planted.
I'm just finishing up my 3rd SFG bed, all that good MM is just calling for something to grow.
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Post  Turan on 10/10/2013, 1:29 pm

I am thinking to plant 5-6/ square. My idea is to plant in a more hexagonal pattern with 6" between plants in all directions. In the past I kept them farther apart and interplanted carrots etc. It all seems to work though.

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Post  llama momma on 10/10/2013, 4:26 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:..... I'm wondering how many should I plant per square.
So Jimmy how do you like the choices -- between 4 and 9 per square!
rofl
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Post  mrwes40 on 10/10/2013, 7:08 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:After attending a garlic presentation yesterday at our local library, I'm wondering how many should I plant per square.
They recommend 6inches apart for plants, and rows.
I am thinking I should be able to do better than that in MM.
This was given by a master gardener who specializes in garlic growing.
I've always done 9 per square and never had any issues.

Bill
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Post  mrwes40 on 10/10/2013, 7:09 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:After attending a garlic presentation yesterday at our local library, I'm wondering how many should I plant per square.
They recommend 6inches apart for plants, and rows.
I am thinking I should be able to do better than that in MM.
This was given by a master gardener who specializes in garlic growing.
I've always done 9 per square and never had any issues.

Bill
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Post  jimmy cee on 10/10/2013, 8:39 pm

@llama momma wrote:
@jimmy cee wrote:..... I'm wondering how many should I plant per square.
So Jimmy how do you like the choices -- between 4 and 9 per square!
rofl
I love em all....I'll have enough room now that I have a 3rd bed complete.
My right outside squares are smaller than 1ft sq, so I will plant 2 garlic's per square, (maybe 3 if I feel adventurous)
Hopefully I will have my 4X5 bed done before winter sets in.
Thats going to be just for shallots next season

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Post  camprn on 10/10/2013, 8:50 pm

I plant mine about 4+ inches apart in the entire bed, offset from each other. This makes the number per square varied. I get about 100 cloves into the 4X6 bed.

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Post  SFGHealthCoach on 10/11/2013, 6:09 pm

I generally do 9 per square foot also - although I am thinking of trying 16!
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Post  plantoid on 10/11/2013, 6:22 pm

@SFGHealthCoach wrote:I generally do 9 per square foot also - although I am thinking of trying 16!
I'd offer you to stick at 9 ... I've tried 12 & 16 , in my opinion there is not enough space to get decent sized bulbs as the over crowding also takes out a lot of the nutrients . Side dressing helps with the big numbers but not as good as when you only have 9 cloves  per square.
 The over crowded squares didn't produce a bulb  worthy of calling it a bulb as most were less than 1 " in diameter  despite the side feeding. 


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Post  efnjim on 2/28/2014, 4:02 pm

I have been having great lucky with garlic every 3 to 4 inches apart in a 4ft. X 4ft. Raised bed app. 144 garlic . So easy to grow.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 2/28/2014, 7:07 pm

I do 9 garlics per square.  I had wonderful results this past year.
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Post  jimmy cee on 2/28/2014, 7:18 pm

I went with the 9 per square.
Now I am wondering with this severe winter we have had if they will survive ?
The MM is frozen solid.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 2/28/2014, 7:59 pm

Jimmy,

I planted my garlic in late October.

The first week in December, our temps fell to somewhere between -15F and -26F, depending upon which weather station one believes. (I was out of town that weekend, so couldn't check my own thermometer.) Since then, it has hit -4F a couple of times.

Lo and behold! ALL of the garlic cloves I planted are up, albeit later than they were last year.

So, don't fret.
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Post  camprn on 2/28/2014, 8:21 pm

@jimmy cee wrote:I went with the 9 per square.
Now I am wondering with this severe winter we have had if they will survive ?
The MM is frozen solid.
My garlic is frozen solid for at least 5 months. Those alliums are a hardy bunch!

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Post  cpl100 on 4/21/2014, 2:21 pm

Wow, wish I had known I could put nine.  I did five only last year and the previous year.  The garlic heads were not huge by any means but I am 'sunlight challenged' (except in winter when leaves are off the trees) which I'm sure is a significant factor.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 4/21/2014, 2:43 pm

I've always grown nine garlics per square.  

Last summer, they produced huge cloves, most of which I re-planted in October.  Those plants are now much more robust than the seed garlic I bought at a local nursery.  

Gee:  I just noticed that my spell check inserts an apostrophe in the word "garlics," which is incorrect.  I've been wondering for years why this mistake is so common, but now I've found the culprit:  spell check!
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Post  jmsieglaff on 4/21/2014, 6:42 pm

I do 9/sq also and get good sized heads.

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Post  brainchasm on 4/21/2014, 7:42 pm

This is my first year for garlic (Red Inchelium), and I planted 9/sq.  They all seem like they have plenty of room, and are doing well.

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Post  p14shooter on 3/25/2016, 5:57 pm

just scanning through the posts and came here.  I have 24 bulbs planted.  This was not done in SFG methods as I said in other posts, but upon measuring the space I used, if I had used the SFG method, I would have put 54 in the same space using 9 per.  Next year I will definitely be smarter.
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Post  Kelejan on 3/25/2016, 6:08 pm

To my way of thinking, it depends on the total weight produced.

Whether you plant 4, 5 or 9 per square, there is only so much space and nutrients available  per square so perhaps only so much garlic by weight produced?

I plant nine per square myself.  Most of the garlic grown, although no larger than the ones I produced the previous year had fewer cloves but much larger.  Generally three to four cloves per garlic bulb planted, compared to six to eight much smaller cloves the first year.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 3/25/2016, 9:55 pm

9/square for me.
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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/25/2016, 10:23 pm

I do nine garlics per square foot (no apostrophe; one does not form plurals by adding an extraneous apostrophe).
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