With all the mayhem on the east coast right now, this might not be at the top of your list but if you were lucky like we were, you might have a few spare moments to plant some garlic cloves for next year. I picked up some heads of garlic at the Hudson Farmers Market from some of our favorite growers up there (Scarecrow Farm and Fog and Thistle Farm) and cleared a spot in our rather scrappy looking fall garden.
Break heads apart into cloves for planting. Each clove yields a new head for next spring. This is an excellent task for your littlest gardener!
To plant, dig holes or furrows approximately six inches apart and three inches deep. Place the cloves in the ground with the bottom being where the previous roots where from (and pointy side up!) and then cover with soil and water. We covered ours with all the fall leaves (gotta make use of them) or you can use a commercial mulch if you like.
That’s it! Now wait patiently and don’t forget to sauté’ your scapes in the spring.