Planting garlic in the North west is best done in October or early November, so if you haven’t done it yet, time to get it done! Planting now will yield a harvest in summer time!
I like to plant mine in pots since the soil at my house is to hard. If you use pots, make sure they are at least 12 inches deep. Plant your smaller head garlic (I planted dujanski and chesnok red) 2-4 inches apart. I only planted four of each this year (we ate the rest of the cloves!).
Cover them with enough soil that they are 2-3 inches deep. Elephant garlic should 6-8 inches apart. All should be root side down (that means the pointy little tip goes up).
In early Spring, spread a nitrogen rich fertilizer (like blood meal) around the edges of the planting. Do this once more in early May.
Begin checking the bulbs in late June or early July – when they are plump and cloves are all still in tact. (Don’t wait to long or they will fall apart!)
Let them dry in a well ventilated area for a few days – and that’s it!
Come back in the Spring – I’ll post pictures of my garlic and let you know how it’s doing.
For more information, check out hte Oregon State University Extension Service .