Its been so warm here on the homestead this year (winter started 3 days ago??) that we have stuff growing in the garden! Herbs we planted last summer are still with us. So on the 21st, my daughter and I got out in the 68 degree weather and planted garlic and winter potatoes. We are planting the potatoes as the original homesteaders did some 200 or more years ago. In a 12 inch deep trench with straw on top and bottom covered with a layer of dirt mounded.
The potatoes will grow all winter and come spring when it warms more, will sprout and we will have very early potatoes! This will allow us 2 crops a year too. We have bok choy that is about 3 inches high. The garlic was a trade we recently did with our Egyptian walking onions and are about 3 generations old, I think. We love heirlooms!