Planting Garlic: by a Preschooler Leave a Comment / By Marylena / July 9, 2012 1. Use the handle of garden tool to push a hole three inches deep in rich, loose, soil. 2. Plant individual cloves, pointy side up. Larger cloves from locally sourced bulbs are best. 3. Fill holes with rich compost. 4. Collect dry fallen leaves and shred with a mower. 5. Cover compost with a generous four inch layer of leaf mulch. 6. Make an “outside bed” and go to sleep.