Hi folks.. I asked this question on the general forum but didn't get an answer... I'll try here. I was wondering how long it takes for the sod to decompose and the ground to be ready for planting. I want to plant garlic this fall and wondered if it would be ready in time or if I'm going to have to get spade out after all? I can either use manure with pine shaving bedding, straw, grass clippings, etc. or black plastic... I've seen both ways described. I'm in Zone 5 in N. Indiana and all the literature says to plant garlic in the fall... not sure when the appropriate time would be on that either.