Holley Family Farms Blog

Insights, Events, and Discussions


The Beginning and the End

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 1:04 am by Rob Holley

Traditional farming follows a beautiful, natural annual cycle.  At the end of each growing season begins the first planting of the next season.  Shortly after the heavy frosts of September or October, the first crops are planted!  Garlic is actually planted in the fall of the year.  Each head of seed garlic is broken into cloves.  We only select the largest heads for seed, and we plant the largest cloves.  In theory, and over time, this should result in consistently large heads of garlic for the market.  After tilling the bed with the BCS we use a long dibble to make a series of 2″ deep holes on a 4″ grid.  Then we start planting clove after clove after clove (always root cap down).  With seasonal rains and occasional irrigation, the cloves will root and anchor themselves for winter.  As long as the soil remains moist and unfrozen, the roots will continue to develop.  It’s necessary for garlic seed to be chilled in order to produce nice heads the following summer.  This process is called vernalization.


Garlic is one of the most widely-used crops.  It goes with everything, is used by many, tastes marvelous, and represents both the end of one season and the beginning of the next.  With the planting of our garlic, we celebrate the end of a long growing season, and eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring, when the garlic emerges from its winter rest to mark the beginning of another spring!

Tags: , , , ,
Sorry Comments are closed