Gardening In December?

Like a lot of people I know, I had a difficult autumn emotionally. Actually, the transition from summer to fall seems to get a little more difficult every year. Some things on my to-do list just didn't get done as autumn moved along, among them was planting garlic in the garden...
Garlic is a bulb, and like most bulbs, prefers to be planted in the fall, so that when spring rolls around the roots they've slowly set before the ground freezes can begin to push up foliage as soon as the snow is gone. Ideally it gets planted in late September-October where I am (in northern New England.) But here it is the second week in December, and there's still no frost in the ground that would normally keep me from such endeavors this time of year. After I harvested my garlic this year in July, I kind of let the patch where it was planted get away from me; the straw mulch wasn't down quite thick enough to keep some undesirable things from establishing. In the past couple of years, witchgrass has made its way mysteriously into my garden, and it really took to the area where I plant my garlic every year. It's normally not too big of a project to get the crop in the ground, but the witchgrass made it a bit of an ordeal, pulling up the long white spaghetti-like roots from the cold damp soil.Today I finished removing as much of the roots of this invasive grass as I could, and I was able to till the patch so the next precipitation-free day I can actually get next year's crop in the ground. It will take me maybe two more hours to get the 300 cloves I've got ready to go in the ground. A heavy mulching with straw when I'm done and then I can go into deep winter with the peace of mind knowing that come April, the first green in the garden will be poking up through the mulch.
VTMarkus VTMarkus
46-50, M
Dec 9, 2012