the growing season is ending, but the harvest and planting continues

As the fall days shorten and the air feels colder and wetter, our garden activities change. Today we will harvest the lettuce we planted in September.

The bed in now ready for a special kind of crop: one that is planted sometime after Halloween,  sits in the ground over winter, starts growing in the spring, and is harvested next summer. Garlic! We learn that garlic is a bulb, which means it is a modified stem (not a root) that prefers a period of cold before it grows. Each clove we plant will start growing roots shortly after we plant it. We learn that garlic should be planted with the pointy end of the clove heading UP, as shown in this picture.

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