Answer: In cold winter areas, garlic does best when planted in the fall. The typical recommendation is to plant 4-6 weeks before the ground freezes. But as long as we're experiencing such mild weather and your ground isn't frozen yet, why not give it a try? Plant the cloves a few inches deep and several inches apart. They do best in well-amended soil with good drainage. Add a layer of mulch after you have a few hard freezes to protect them over winter. When they start growing, remove the mulch. When the soil warms, add a side dressing of nitrogen fertilizer. The tops drying and tipping over is a natural sign that the bulbs are maturing and readying for harvest. You can plant those cloves. Good luck!
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