How comforting it is to feel moisture under the ground! The 4″ of wood chip mulch was added just after planting in the fall. It has been dry during all of May and most of June, with the odd shower. In the foreground are first year bulbils growing, fall planted of a purple marbled stripe. In the background is clove garlic fall planted. The mulch creates even moisture, but the real benefit is when the heat sets in for summer, keeping soil temperatures in a range that is healthier for garlic.