I haven't updated this blog in a while because not much has been going on garden-wise. I'm still getting peppers, I've got some lettuce planted, and that is all. I will try again next year and hope that I can find a better balance between homeschooling, gardening, and everything else I want/need to do.
I did finally order my garlic today. So far, garlic has been one of the easiest plants I have ever grown. Here in the south, I plant a warm-weather variety and plant it in the fall. I use cardboard as a weed barrier, which is all I need in those cooler months, so I don't have to weed it. We get enough rain where I don't really have to pay it any attention all winter or spring. Then in early summer I harvest. This leaves us with our own homegrown garlic for much of the year.
I did make a major error last year. I planted tomatoes amongst the garlic, not realizing how fast the tomatoes would grow. They soon grew so crazily that I never could find a lot of my garlic when it was time to harvest! I still got quite a bit that was growing on the outer edges. This year, I might plant peppers or herbs around it, since those shouldn't bury the garlic like the tomatoes did.
This year, I also hope to grow enough where I don't have to buy any and can just plant some of my bulbs from the previous year.