The evening temperatures are very cool now but the soil is still warm so that means it is time to plant bulbs like garlic and shallots. Today I planted most of my garlic patch and what a day to be outside: cold and windy. I still have about 40 feet left to do. Well, there’s tomorrow to finish that and then begin preparing the new site for the shallots.
I plant my garlic in loose soil in trenches about three to four inches deep. The cloves are planted about six inches apart in rows a foot and a half apart. After planting I carefully rake the soil back over the cloves, pick out any rocks, and mulch with old hay. I plant several garlic varieties with different origins and culinary uses origins. To keep things from getting confused I mark both ends of each row with labeled stakes.
Once the mulch settles a bit I will add another thin layer. This should be enough to protect the cloves all through the winter.