10/08/10 1:04PM By Charlie Nardozzi  Download MP3
To plant create a raised bed and amend the soil with compost. Well drained soil is a must so bulbs don't rot over winter. Break apart the bulbs and plant individual cloves, pointy side up 2- to 3-inches deep, spaced 4 to 6-inches apart. After a few hard freezes, mulch the bed with a 4- to 6-inch thick layer of straw. If a fall warm spell stimulates the garlic to sprout, don't worry, they will stop growing when it gets colder and the bulbs will regrow in spring.
Now for this week's tip, quarantine any houseplants you've moved back indoors this fall. Check them every few days for signs of aphids, mealybugs, and other critters and spray with insecticidal soap or horticultural oil to control them.
Note: This will be the last Vermont Garden Journal for the season. I hope you've enjoyed them. I'll be back next spring with more ways to help you in the garden.