How much garlic should you grow? It's a fundamental question, but one that sometimes isn't all that easy or clear to answer. Because you will generally produce 4-7 times (sometimes higher) the yield of the weight you are planting, some basic planning has to be done in order to ensure you have the correct space and time to grow garlic. Also, garlic seed can be a big expense, so you'll want to factor that in when planning your garden size. For example, the table below will give you an approximate number of plants that 1 pound of garlic seed will produce by each type.
Garlic Boss sells seed garlic in quarter sizes, so you have options as to how much you want to plant, but let's start with a nice round number in explaining things. Say you want to grow a pound of Music. Since Music has 4-6 cloves per bulb and averages around 25-30 plants per pound, we'll take the highest yield example. Take 30 x 6 to get the approximate number of cloves = 180. If you use 6" x 6" spacing on center, you would take 6 x 6 to get 36 square inches. This is how much space a single plant requires. Take 36 times the number of cloves which is 180 to get 6,480 square inches required. Now convert it to to square feet by taking that times 0.00694444. This gives you 45 square feet of space needed to plant that one pound of Music garlic. That's of course an approximation but generally will get you to the correct amount of space required. You could also do the calculation based on the amount of space you have.
Here's that example. I know, these may seem a little daunting, but follow along and we can get through this will minimal pain and head thrashing. You want to plant Music garlic, you have 250 square feet of space and need to know how many seeds. Here's the process:
Take 250 square feet x 144 to give you square inches = 36,000 square inches
Take 36,000 square inches / 36 square inches = 1,000 cloves (approximately 5.5 lbs.)
You've conquered the space calculation, now go celebrate with a glass of wine and read on. Top