468 Cloves of Garlic
Garlic is pretty easy to grow and relatively low maintenance. There are two types of garlic to be aware of: softneck and hardneck. Softneck garlics are what you typically find in the grocery store, they have more cloves (though usually small) and can be stored longer than hardneck. Hardneck varieties are "hardier" and therefore better for planting in our northeast region since they can take on the cold/harsh weather. While hardneck garlics produce fewer cloves, they are typically larger. Another benefit of hardneck garlic is that they produce garlic scapes in the spring, a very delicious treat!
The final prep was marking out the beds for the different varieties and the clove spacing. Cloves should be planted about 6 inches apart and 2-4 inches deep. That's all there is too it! Some people put mulch (leaves or straw) over the garlic bed just before the snow falls. We haven't done that yet with our garlic and haven't had any problems. Now we just wait until spring time =)