I had big plans to really beef up my soil over the autumn and winter... and then I got my garlic I forgot I ordered a few months back. I LOVE garlic. How could I forget I ordered it? Terrible. Anyway, my pre-garlic plan was, in my mind, perfect and would help my garden be as perfect as possible next year. This season was so terrible, I felt it was the only thing I could do to make me feel better. Here it is: I have matured chicken manure pellets. My raised beds are 3' x 8'. I was going to sprinkle a cup in the bed now and again in the end of November. I don't have enough Comfrey, so I was going to go buy alfalfa pellets (rabbit food) to fill in where the plant matter would go in for compost. Then I would cover it over with either brown paper or newspaper if I couldn't find mulch. Then, in March, I'd stir in some peat, in April some Jobe's organic plant food and be ready to plant seeds in the beginning of May. Now that I have garlic to plant, how much of this can I do? What should I do? The chicken manure, in pellet form, is it safe? The alfalfa pellets, too much nitrogen?, not composted? Is that ok? Should I just mix in some Jobe's Organic plant food, plant the garlic and mulch over? BTW, what is a good organic mulch? (I most likely will have to buy it at a store) This is my first time with garlic. Please help. I want them to be happy and successful. Thanks in advance.