|Garlic and detritus, Feb 2017|
This bed was Misc last year, but I've kind of shuffled boundaries around to accommodate one more bed (Potatoes, which I didn't grow last year), so it also takes up a bit of what was the holding bed in 2016, too. Next to the garlic is the shallots (a few have sprouted, but are smaller than the garlic. There isn't a lot of room left in the Roots bed, but I'll put parsnips and beets there a little later--here's hoping these ones evade the slugs.
My little rows hold four plants across, planted about 2-4 inches apart. I planted adjacent bulbs so that they're staggered; going vertically down the row the bulbs are in a straight line, but going horizontally they're in a zig zag. This means I can cram more bulbs in this small section. I actually planted two batches; the more prominent batch came from the produce section of the grocery store and the smaller plants to the left were leftover from my own harvest last year. I planted the storebought ones about a month before my own saved ones, which I think accounts for the difference in size.
Incidently, I have a couple more volunteer garlic plants resprouting where I missed digging them up last summer; it looks like there are three or so, but as they've grown from a full bulb instead of single cloves, they look like little bunches of grass, all packed together. Hopefully I'll remember to get them out with the rest.