Clear away a layer of straw and there it is, a garlic shoot pushing its way up to the light! In the field, it’s the first sign of new veggie growth of the season. Garlic planting happens in the fall. It spreads its roots for a while, goes dormant for the winter, and wakes up when the weather warms. That’s what the books say. Whatever it’s doing in the frozen ground is fine by me, as long as it shows up for spring. Which it always has. It’s hardy!