It’s that time of year! Garlic goes in the ground late Fall, so it has just enough time to develop a root system and then hibernate until the Spring kicks in. Naturally, as in all my Ithaca plantings, I’m late.

I stopped by the farmers market to pick out some extra-large, hearty heads of garlic from the nice farmer at Unexpected Farm’s booth. He explained that the best cloves to plant were in a set of four per head. I picked out about 8 heads of German White, and just to test the odds, a couple of the smaller, less meaty varitey: Chesnuk.  My friends Erica, Chris, and Brett came to help sow the seeds!

Roast some garlic in a dish with olive oil and lather it on fresh bread.
Roast some garlic in a dish with olive oil and lather it on fresh bread.
Chris and Erica splitting the heads. A cold Oktoberfest is a necessary component to getting the job done!
Chris and Erica splitting the heads. A cold Oktoberfest is a necessary component to getting the job done!

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We cleared the turnip greens and lettuce, leaving the kale to snip throughout the winter when we're craving greens!
We cleared the turnip greens and lettuce, leaving the kale to snip throughout the winter when we’re craving greens!

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Plant 4-6 inches apart. Bury 1 inch, with tip poking above the ground.
Plant 4-6 inches apart. Bury 1 inch, with tip poking above the ground.
Lined up and ready to be immersed in the soil.
Lined up and ready to be immersed in the soil.
Brett, a former backyard Bronx farmer, shows us how its done!
Brett, a former backyard Bronx farmer, shows us how its done!
Tucked away for the spring!
Tucked away for the spring!
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