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Tas--you can plant garlic until the ground freezes in the fall. We are still planting our garlic here in the upper midwest.

I also wanted to mention, weeding was our worst nightmare too, until we started to heavily mulch. We've used cardboard between planting rows, composted leaves and fresh leaves, and mostly straw. We use 6-8 inches of straw throughout the garlic--don't worry, it will sprout right through it. And we use 4-6 inches in the regular garden between rows and between the larger plants.

Mulch keeps the soil moist and the worm population goes up. We've tilled it into the gardens in the fall and it makes the soil very soft, what I would call a crumbly moist chocolate cake consistency.

Note: if you use newspaper or cardboard, be sure to remove any staples and all tape as they don't break down quickly. Don't use 'shiny' paper, or any clear plastic you might find in envelopes.

Our weeding is cut by 2/3rd now, and the most difficult areas are the peas and beans, because they are planted in rows with some dirt still showing between the seeds. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers are mulched right up to the stems.
The garlic gardens only have about an hour of weeding for the entire season, and one of those gardens is quite big.

Mulch can be found for free--our neighbors bag their leaves and give them to us, or inexpensively by buying straw (not hay). We'll never go back to not mulching, it makes the difference between the weeds winning and us winning. Good luck to you. ~Feather
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