|Worm's eye view of garlic cloves before planting.|
I used my thumb to make 2" deep holes for each clove and placed them upright in each hole. Then I smoothed soil over each hole, added a very thin layer of compost, and watered the bed very well. Hopefully the cloves still have time to establish some good roots before it gets too cold. I'll likely mulch the bed with wheat straw before winter and add additional mulch in late spring to retain moisture and keep the soil cool during May and June before mid-summer harvest. I'll try and take pictures when they pop their heads out of the bed and start growing their green tops.