First time garlic grower here...
[*] No vernalization took place. The cloves were planted as soon as they arrived in the mail.
[*] Cloves were planted about 2-3 inches deep
[*] Here is Zone 9b, the ground never freezes but I usually experience a handful of frosts every winter, sometime a little more.
[*] Type of garlic: Inchelium Red Garlic - Softneck
With all I've read, planting garlic is done in October around here. I promptly planted around 35 bulbs in one of my raised beds a little less than 2 weeks ago (mid October) in a bed prepped with composted chicken manure, finished compost, and a healthy dose of Azomite. Today I noticed that most of them are already starting to pop up and one would think that all plants have green foliage in about 1-2 weeks. This was faster than I anticipated and I wonder now what to do when frost actually starts to appear. The weather during this "germination" time has been mid 80s during the day and low 50s at night.
Do I cover the bed with a garden fabric when frost is in the forecast?
I don't really know what I was expecting, but somehow I envisioned that they would not pop up until the last frost had passed. Boy was I wrong.