It was time to plant the 120 garlic cloves I put aside when I pulled up the garlic last week.
First thing I did was lay out all the cloves and arrange them so they would all fit in a rough pattern in the old boat I use for planting. Before planting, of course, I dug up all the weeds that had rooted over the summer.
Planting garlic is quick. Shove a trowel into the dirt...
...slip the clove into the hole, and let the dirt fall back on top. Took me fifteen minutes to plant all 120 cloves.
Next I needed to cover the garlic with mulch. So I raided the barn...
...and scraped together a wheelbarrow of old rotten hay.
One wheelbarrow covered about half the boat to a depth of about six inches.
A second wheelbarrow completed the bed.
And that's it for garlic for a whole year! Unlike last year when I didn't get the garlic planted until very late (after Thanksgiving!), planting garlic right now is just about perfect timing. I anticipate a much better crop next year as a result.