http://durgan.org/2010/October%202010/9%20October%202010%20Planting%20garlic/HTML/ 9 October 2010 Planting Garlic. Hardneck Garlic (Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon) rocambole or serpent garlic. This type of garlic produces a curved scape and at the top bulblets form, which are not seed but clones of the main clove. Bulblets take about three years to attain full size, by successive plantings.
The bed is 64 square feet, and 196 cloves were planted, bulblets, garlic from my crop in 2010, garlic purchased from a Farmers Market in the Summer, and some of the smaller cloves to determine if they produce as well as the larger cloves. The spacing is essentially six inches between cloves, and depth is about two inches between the top of the clove and the soil surface.
After planting a layer of compost was added, and after the next heavy rainfall, he bed will be covered with about 3 to 4 inches of wood chip mulch. A raised bed was made, since that area of the garden can get wet if rainfall is excessive. Usually the planting date is about the 25 of October, but it was so beautiful today that I considered a few days early wont be a problem.