Jenise wrote:The northwest end of my courtyard gets enough sun to grow tomatoes, blueberries and grapes, and metal fencing provides enough protection to keep a sensitive bay laurel tree happy. Damp we can do, have no areas that swim. Thing is, I don't have any extra space over there unless I take something else out. COULD dedicate a half wine barrel to garlic, though--would that work? The all-day sun side of the house gets whipped by north bound winter storms--summer-only crops over there, I think.
If you've been successful with tomatoes than you should have plenty of sun for garlic. Garlic can certainly be grown in containers like your wine barrel but you probably don't want the lightest of soils. Garlic is pretty shallow-rooted and will be easier to keep watered in summer if it doesn't dry out too quickly. Even the exposed side of your house might work. Depending on planting time and probably other things, I often don't see anything above ground until well into winter. Those little stubs have been covered by snow here with no ill effects but if you wanted to hedge your bets you could do what they do in colder areas and cover your bed in mulch. Garlic is very sturdy stuff.