I didn't intend to wait quite so long to plant the garlic this year, but that early snowstorm threw off my timeline! The preparations for this garlic bed began on All Hallows' Eve (a day just perfectly suited for our annual garlic planting, I reckon), only to be promptly interrupted again by The Weather.
Garlic is planted similarly to any bulb (except the bulb is broken into its individual cloves), with the pointed tip of the clove facing up and the clove placed twice as deep as it is long (just about 2 inches or so). The cloves are spaced about 6 inches apart, with a foot between the rows.
We had a crop failure last year, so I'm hoping these new bulbs will fare better. This year we chose 2 varieties, Siberian Purple Stripe, a hard neck variety, and Sicilian Silverskin, a soft neck. I only planted 1/2 pound worth of cloves and if they do well, we may try planting a second crop to harvest in fall.
The long, cold winter should help the garlic come out of its dormancy, and hopefully the full crop will be ready to harvest at the end of June next year.
If you live in or around Colorado, here is a great guide to all things garlic.
I love using The Potato Garden, a Colorado company, for garlic, onions, and most especially potatoes. They only sell naturally-grown, non-GMO crops and encourage seed saving, all of which are very important to us.