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Planting a Garlic Matrix, No Strings Attached

By frankrichards16
December 13, 2016

Here is a quick and easy method of planting allium (garlic & shallots) in really tight rows (matrix). Using this method I can fast plant 200 allium in a 5x10 foot garden. In addition, later on it's really easy to spot any cloves that did not sprout.

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Name: Vickie
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blue23rose
Dec 13, 2016 5:46 AM CST
Frank, that is a really good idea to use the fencing that way. I can't see myself planting that much garlic or shallots, but at least I can pass this idea along to my family and friends who may want to use it.
Vickie
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Name: pam
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gardenglory
Dec 13, 2016 7:12 AM CST
I think this is a winner of an idea. Even if not for garlic. It would really help me keep things in line when planting.
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Dec 13, 2016 4:45 PM CST
Great use of the fence as a guide for planting, Frank; I always plant about 200 cloves, 50 each of 4 varieties, and the fence would certainly make my garlic bed a lot neater! And I agree with Pam -- it could be used for planting plenty of other things as well. And, of course, you could make a longer, narrower bed if that fits your plan better. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: greene
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greene
Dec 16, 2016 6:19 PM CST
Excellent use of fencing. This is an idea that will work for many people and not just for garlic. Thumbs up
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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Dec 19, 2016 2:59 AM CST
Concrete reinforcing wire is 6 x 6 squares. It would work the same and it comes in 5', 6' and 7' widths. Great idea.
Carl
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Weedwhacker
Dec 19, 2016 10:35 AM CST
I agree, Carl -- the 6" squares would work well; the rolled kind would be hard to get to lay flat (at least in my experience), but it also comes in 4x8' panels that are only around $5 to $7 each at our Menards store.
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Name: Carl Boro
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coboro
Dec 21, 2016 12:59 AM CST
I've made flat panels out of the rolled wire. It takes a little time but it's not that hard to do. Preflattened panels would be much easier. I used mine as a trellis for peas. I tie wired it to two redwood stakes to hold it upright.
Carl

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