How to Grow Garlic in Raised Beds

Learn how to grow garlic in easy steps using raised beds for a plentiful garden harvest.

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How to Plant Garlic in Raised beds


I’ve been enjoying garlic since I was a kid. My grandmother couldn’t resist adding it to everything as it offered fantastic health perks.  A bit of garlic also made her Friday night dinners taste amazing.

My favorite way to enjoy garlic would be with homemade bread and warm melted butter. Serve it with pasta and all is right in my world.

Course these days I’ve pushed carbs aside and now prefer fresh grated garlic over protein foods like fish, beef, and pork.

So, needless to say we go through quite a bit of garlic which has led me to plant some in my garden.


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Begin Planting Garlic in the Fall

Garlic is pretty easy to grow if you begin at the right time of the year, which is fall.  Specifically, mid-October through mid-November.

You can also plant later but you risk a smaller harvest.  So, let’s keep this simple and break things down into zones to remove any confusion.

Garlic Planting Zone Break Down

  • Zones 3 – 5  Late September to Early October
  • Zones 5 -7 Mid October
  • Zones 7 -9 Mid October – Mid November
  • Zones 9 -10 Late October into December

Now that we have that out of the way you need to first acquire some healthy garlic bulbs.  Shop at your favorite nursery or shop online like I did because it was much easier.

I found 9 oz. California soft neck garlic bulbs for planting and eating from amazon.  I’m pretty impressed with the quality and have plenty for planting and several for dinner prep.

How to Plant Garlic

To Begin Planting In Raised Beds

  • First Choose a raised bed with well- drained soil and a lot of newly added organic matter, need ideas read here
  • If you really need help with your soil you may also enjoy, How to Amend Soil Naturally here. 
  • Keep in mind too much moisture from winter rains can harm your crop so raised beds like these here would be a great option.
  • Set unpeeled cloves root side down 4 – 6 inches in rows of 1.5 to 2 inches apart.
  • Then cover with 1-2 inches of soil.
  • In colder climates cover with mulch for winter protection.

Mulch options can include wood chips, leaves or even hay/straw.  Smaller leaves would be perfect because they tend to settle over the soil without continuing to fly with the wind.

Caring for Garlic Over Winter

Here in Texas it can get pretty cold from January and part of February so I will also be covering my crop opting to use leaves because we have plenty.

When we approach the end of winter and temperatures begin to increase then I can remove the excess so there’s a thin layer covering the soil.

The mulch will help to control any weeds that may surface and maintain an even moisture ratio.  Remember to keep weeds down because they don’t compete well with garlic.

Late winter and early spring will be when they start to grow really well, this is also when you don’t want to over water.  I like to let the rain work for me during this period and fill in when necessary.

Harvesting will begin around late June – August when green stalks begin to turn brown, this will vary based on your planting zone and the weather.

I find that growing in raised beds is always much easier and what a joy it will be to have this healthy herb developing close to home.

Happy Garlic planting and if you haven’t ordered bulbs yet, remember you can get California Soft Neck Garlic right here.


How to Plant Garlic in Raised beds

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  1. I never know which garlic to plant. We like a really pungent variety. So far, everything I’ve planted was okay, but I would like to find a variety that can grow in our zone and has a lot of garlic flavor. I’ve already planted garlic for this year, but I might try the one you have next.

    1. Carole says:

      I really like the soft neck but if you want strong try the elephant garlic. For me it was too much but it did have a kick.

  2. daisy says:

    You’re a lifesaver! I usually order my garlic from a local seed company that I use frequently, but didn’t get around to ordering this season. Of course, they’re sold out. I had no idea Amazon sold heirloom, non-GMO garlic. I may get it in time to plant by the end of the month.

    Last year’s harvest was the California soft neck and everyone I gave some to said it was the best garlic they’d ever eaten. And so easy to grow! My fall garden will never again be without garlic.
    Thanks, Carole!

    1. Carole says:

      Glad I could help, I forgot to order early as well. Was just an oversight on my part so I was pretty thrilled to find it on Amazon. Happy Gardening Friend!

  3. Christine says:

    We’ve been busy mulching our beds and gathering leaves to cover for a couple of weeks now. I’ve never planted garlic before but now might be a good time. We eat a LOT of it in everything from garlic bread (YUM) to chicken noodle soup! Thanks for the tips, Carole!

    1. Carole says:

      YOu should plant it because if mine makes it through winter then next summer I’ll show you how to braid it. That’s another thing my grandma taught me. LOL

  4. Patti says:

    This is something I’ve always wanted to do because we cook with a lot of garlic and many times it’s hard to find a good head of garlic in the grocery store. I always remember my Aunt teaching me that if the clove has any green growing in the middle it’s not good for cooking, but a good majority of the garlic I buy does. I guess I’ll just have to pick up the place and plant some of my own.

    1. Carole says:

      It’s so easy Patti, I think you should give it a try. You can squeeze it somewhere. I’m hoping for a dry winter because my fear of too much water like last season will not help my efforts.

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