Last fall, we planted hardneck garlic in our new raised bed. I went outside to check on the beds yesterday. Woo hoo, looky here! Sprouts are looking awesome. This is our first time growing garlic, it seemed so easy. As easy as planting fall flowering bulbs! Everyone told us to put straw on top of the bed, but being that we are in Staten Island, straw is a little hard to come by. Instead, we put shredded leaves on top to help insulate it over the winter. We were blasted with blizzards this winter, and I worried about the garlic. But low and behold, look at these beauties sprouting! We planted 40 cloves, so I hope they all sprouted!