Get your garlic
As the garden season winds down and you start thinking about cleaning out your garden, don't forget to create a space for planting garlic. I like to shop locally when possible, so I picked up several packets from Bookcliff Gardens (they have elephant ear, Spanish roja (which means red) and German red garlic. This is all they have, and they had a list of people who had asked for garlic, so if your name is not on the list, hurry on down to Bookcliff and get your bulbs.
I called around, and Valley Grown Nursery had a limited supply of garlic bulbs for planting (they had six left on Monday, Oct. 3) and Mt. Garfield Greenhouse didn't have any. Ann from Bookcliff said they may be able to order more if they sell out.
Garlic will sprout early, require little care and will give you the lovely garlic scapes (aka, the green tops) by June, which make the most delicious pesto imaginable.
If Bookcliff sells out, there are online gardening supply companies that sell garlic, and you've still got time. I don't think I planted mine last year until the first part of November.
I know, you're sick of gardening, but your taste buds will thank you next summer when you make pesto out of the scapes.