I dug up my garlic bed a few weeks ago. In the time since then, a good crop of weeds sprang up. I decided to try planting something else, since we probably have three more months until it freezes.
I had carrot seeds left over from the spring and decided to plant those, along with more beets, since they seem like a good crop to be picking in October. Had to go buy more beet seeds at Bookcliff Gardens Sunday afternoon.
As I was pulling weeds out of my garlic bed, I found more garlic. Lots more garlic, and a couple of onions (OK, the onions were obvious, since the green tops were still above-ground, the garlic tops were gone.)
I read more about harvesting garlic and discovered that I left the bulbs in the ground too long, which is why the protective skin that's supposed to be around the bulb is missing. The skin makes it possible to store the garlic.
No worries. Although I could try to eat all the garlic in the next week or so (I'm sure my coworkers would love me if I did), I was reading a book about medicinal herbs last night. It had a great recipe for pickled garlic, which I will try with all my unprotected little garlic cloves.
I got my bed planted right before the rain came down yesterday. Talk about perfect timing!
I don't know whether the seeds will actually germinate now, however. Usually, when I plant mid-summer with a hope of having a fall crop, the seeds refuse to cooperate and don't germinate until the spring.