I'm at Winterberry Farm in western Massachusetts for a few days, helping my parents with yard clean-up and raking winter chaff from the perennial beds, and other odds and ends.
With help from Mom last fall, we planted five rows of garlic in the west garden. We sprinkled several bales of straw over the bed for winter cover and to curb weeds during the growing season. I checked on the garlic when I arrived today. The shoots are up 4 to 5 inches or more. It feels good to see the green growth after a long winter.