We had a mild winter in regards to precipitation. We did not get the normal amount of snow fall we normally see. The garlic all wintered well and got some really good root growth. It has remained unseasonably cooler at the beginning of April. We had a great April Fool's Day waking us to a dusting of snow. If you look close you can see the young plants sticking out of the straw and snow.
A few days later after the temperatures warmed up a. I took a walk through the field to inspect. Garlic is one hardy plant. But then again it comes from Central Asia, geography similar in latitude to North Idaho. Below are pictures of some of the bulbs that spent the winter out in the cold.... literally. I had driven the tractor through the field in the fall after planting, when we were spreading straw. Unbeknownst to me several bulbs were left exposed to the elements through the winter. The last two pictures are the fields as of today, its going to be a good season.
After early snowfall in late September, we kicked preparation and planting into high gear. Ironically, after a brief cold snap, and with lots of help from family, we got the garlic to bed and covered. The best part now is to finish getting the wood in the shed and wait for the snow to fly and fall deep so we can enjoy the winter outdoor activities of Northern Idaho. Thanks to all who helped get the garlic in the ground. #Mags, Deb, Andi and the kids.
Garlic planted, covered with straw and ready for a long winter's nap.