The shorter day length and cooler temperatures signals an end to the summer garden. With the exception of cool season vegetables, or the use of hoop houses and cold frames, most heat loving plants have stopped producing or died off.
Planting garlic is the last "garden chore" of the current season and the new start of next years garden. Garlic should be planted early enough to develop roots, before the ground freezes, but not too early that you develop excessive top growth. In our area, garlic is planted between Columbus Day and Halloween. However, I have planted garlic into November with good result.
|This years choices.|
|Hardnecks and softnecks|
|I added a little wood ash|
|Crack apart the bulbs just before planting the individual cloves.|
|Plant 6"-8" apart and 2"-4" deep. (Pointy side up.)|
|Green shoots 1 week after planting cloves.|