Protecting or Mulching Garlic...
Straw, leaves, compost, mulch are all things that you can use to protect your garlic. I used straw from the chicken coop (you can use new straw as well) and leaves to cover the garlic. The trick with this is that you don't want to put anything over the garlic that would hinder growth in the spring. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is light enough for the plants to push through, and that it won't mess up your soil pH. Things like wood shavings may look like good insulation, but they leach nitrogen out of the soil leaving none for your plants. This is why I used a combination of a few different things. I thought that the used chicken straw would add some chicken poop fertilizer to the pile (be careful using chicken poop...it can be hot and burn your plants...I only used it because it would have all winter to break down into the soil) and the leaves would add some nitrogen to the mix, plus they break down nicely. I did put the leaves into a large composting bag and let them break down just a bit before spreading. The bag really did the trick, the leaves were steaming when we spread them, and I think getting them partially broken down will make Spring tilling a bit easier!
As long as the wind doesn't blow, this will do the trick until spring! Darn wind...if it would just snow and bury my mulch, I wouldn't have to worry about the wind so much!