This is a picture of part of the 'house garden,' one of 4 garden plots on the property so far. Here is our garlic crop, planted last fall about a week after we moved here! It will be ready to pull mid-June. Mulching is nearly essential because weeds even grow through the winter. With hay in such short supply this winter for area cattle, we felt bad using it as mulch. Also in the picture are our onion cold frames. We plant onion seed in them in October then they grow all winter and are nice sized plants, ready to plant out mid-March. We're putting out about 4000 onions this year. Probably 1/4 of those will be for us!