What was I thinking?????

I spent the past two days trying to save our garlic and I’m only a third of the way done.  I am trying to remove our rye/clover cover crop from the entire garlic bed – that is the cover crop growing between each clove of garlic, and each clove is planted about 6 inches apart, and from in-between the two rows of garlic within the bed – it is a very tedious job.
Normally when planting fall garlic, we begin by broadcasting a cover crop of rye/clover a few weeks prior to preparing the garlic beds.  This allows the cover crop to germinate, after which we come through the field with a hilling tool, which makes a nice mounded bed for planting two rows of garlic.  In years past, the hilling kills all the cover crop on the garlic beds leaving a nice matting of cover crop between the beds that is mowed periodically through the spring into summer until the garlic is harvested.
This past season we never got around to broadcasting our cover crop in the field where our garlic was to be planted.  So when it came time to plant garlic we debated: Should we go ahead and broadcast a cover crop then hill OR should we make beds and just mow weeds in-between the beds? Me being the eternal optimist, thought that the hilling would throw so much dirt onto the beds that the cover crop wouldn’t germinate, so I talked Carl into broadcasting a cover crop. 
The outcome of this devastating experiment was that all the cover crop was thrown on top of the garlic bed, leaving basically nothing in-between the beds, but germinating perfectly right where the garlic is planted.  I have been told by cover crop experts that burying the seeds too deep prevents them from germinating but  I guess all our seed went near the surface.   So now I need to save the garlic.  I am asking myself why we planted 1350 row feet of garlic?  If this years garlic crop is harvested, which I am praying for, I expect it to taste ever so better after all this work.  I don’t reckon we will make this mistake again!

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