At Sow True Seed, we sell garlic in half pounds and pounds. And probably the most common question we get is, "How do I calculate the right amount of garlic for me?" It's different for everyone- but let's get into it.
First, figure out how many bulbs or pounds of garlic you would like to harvest. Are you a garlic fanatic eating a bulb a day, or a week or a month? Do your children snack on garlic cloves? Do you cook everything with garlic?
On average, one pound of seed garlic will plant 20-25 row feet of garlic when planted with 6″ between cloves. Hardneck and softneck garlic bulbs have different sized cloves, so it differs a little based on what you are planting.
Each pound of hardneck seed garlic has from 35-50 cloves. As each clove grows into its own plant and bulb of garlic, each pound will yield 35-50 garlic bulbs (approx 4-7 pounds).
Each pound of softneck garlic seed has from 50-70 cloves, as softnecks have more cloves per bulb than hardnecks. This will yield 50-70 garlic bulbs or approx 6-10 pounds.
So, with a little bit of math and that information- you should be able to solve the puzzle! But, as always, if you have any questions please reach out!