Garlic and Winter Naps

“True gardeners never cease to garden…” In advance of the hard freeze yesterday we started tucking in the strawberries and perennial herbs for their winter’s nap. And along with new tulip and daffodil bulbs, we planted garlic. Garlic can be planted right up until the ground is frozen. Once in the ground, it gets covered with a thick layer of mulch. And then it’s time for an early winter nap. Come spring, garlic will be there, pushing it’s leaves up and growing succulent cloves that only those who have eaten fresh grown garlic can fully appreciate. Weed and water periodically, and by late June or early July the tops will have turned brown, the bulbs get harvested, and the bed is ready for a planting of summer or fall crops.

For more on growing garlic, here’s a few sources:

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About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.
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