We are going into our third season growing and planting our own homegrown garlic and we just love that this food supply is a closed loop for us! October is a great time to plant in Ohio so after our harvested garlic bulbs cured in the barn this summer, I put aside the best ones for planting.
We continue to rotate our crops around the garden so the same crop doesn't grow in the same place or in the same place as a related plant for at least three, usually four years. I put three rows of garlic in this raised bed.
Just a note on raised beds - we use them in the NW corner of our garden because it is wet, but unless you need them for a reason such as this, don't make them. They require hauling in of soil, something to build up the sides and they dry way too fast. It's so much easier to just grow in the ground. Even if you have "horrid clay" the crops will generally grow just fine as long as drainage is ok. Steve, the Soil Scientist, reminds us that soils here in the midwest are incredibly fertile!
This past week we received about 3/4" of rain which our greens appreciated...watering from a well just isn't quite the same. The chard and kale continue to make us some mighty fine salads and we hope to keep those going for a long while yet.