The garlic came up in the first week of February- pretty much right on time! We have been watering the garlic in the past few days using a sprinkler for about 3 hours per "station". This is the time to take off mulch if you haven't already. You can take it off little by little if it is a deep mulch. We don't mulch anymore and the garlic seems to do fine without it. Let's hope that some snow cover and some more seasonal temperatures are coming soon!