When I mentioned that I planted bulbs this past weekend at Garden on Sherlock Street, I was including garlic bulbs in that list.
Garlic is one of the easiest edibles to grow. I plant some type of hard neck garlic. It makes flowers early in the summer that I cut off so more production goes into the bulbs. It also makes deeper roots which keep it in the ground during freezing and thawing over the winter.
I saved five of the largest bulbs from my garlic harvest this past summer to be the seed for next year's crop.
I broke all the bulbs apart and planted the individual cloves. I got about 40 cloves from the five bulbs.
I dug some trenches in the ground, spaced out the cloves evenly (point up) and covered them with soil and straw. They are planted behind a cold frame that I have on our newest raised vegetable bed.
I spaded the whole raised vegetable bed except way at the end where the cucumber plant is still producing. I buried most of the straw I had used as mulch leaving just a little bit on the surface to help retain moisture in the bed over the winter. The buried straw will break down and feed the earthworms giving me rich soil for next year's vegetables. You'll also see some tomato cages laying on top of the straw. I use square tomato cages that are hinged to fold for storage. I lay them on the vegetable beds over the winter to discourage the neighborhood cats from using the beds as litter boxes. The cold frame does have lettuce and radishes seeded in hopes of a late fall crop.
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