The garlic was cracked and planted. Thanks to all who helped! Dry kelp was spread over the beds. Then straw mulch. Finished up yesterday just in time for the first dusting of snow.
A special thanks to Vito for crafting what can only be described as the most useful and amazing garlic sowing machine ever. It's a dibbler, a vibbler, a vitolater. It's an awesome planting tool that made getting 25,000 head into the ground a realizable goal.