2011 - I planted my first garlic, "Music Garlic", from organic seed stock from Peaceful Valley. I planned ahead, bought and planted enough for my own seed stock for planting in Fall 2012. We harvested our Music Garlic in July 2012! WOW! Excellent huge heads/cloves.
What I did differently than advised.... I plant garlic in a 12 inch wide trough planting garlic cloves in a "X" pattern.
With about 10 inches between cloves and surrounded with verma-compost, soil, topped with mixture of horse manure, sawdust, & straw. The thick layer/mixture of horse manure, sawdust, & straw which blankets the garlic through winter, keeps weeds out and invites major growth.
Now I know that's not quite right, but my music garlic heads were huge, 4 to 5 inches in diameter! The cloves practically peal themselves and are the biggest cloves I have ever seen.
This year I will do my crop rotation and I will sprinkle with kelp meal.
Thank you Peaceful Valley for all your information and organic seeds stock. You make master gardeners out of all of us humble amateur garlic grower.