Right about in the middle of New York state.
When is the best time to plant garlic cloves?
This year I harvested some but the head's outer skin was broken in places.
The garlic is good but does not look as good as the ones in stores.
Any suggestion on how I can make the skins on the heads look better?
I was late this year by about 2 weeks. I usually like them
to have sprouted 2 inches or so before the cold weather
really hits. Some may question that but every year that I've
done it I've gotten larger and stronger garlic for some
reason. Don't ask me to explain it, 'cause I can't.
I'm in southeast Michigan, and I plan to plant my garlic this weekend.
It's important to harvest the garlic while some leaves are still green to
get well wrapped bulbs.
Hang or lay out to dry in a sheltered, airy place. (Don't leave them
out in the sun.)
My garlic usually is ready to harvest in July.
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
You harvested too late and the wrappers were deteriorating. About half the
tops should still be green when you harvest.
Garlic is the worst of both worlds; a heavy feeder and a poor competitor.
Give it your best soil and keep well weeded. Do as I say, not as I do!
Some basics on my personal web page, in the .sig below.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic
Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
Not entirely true. pH tolerant, less thirsty than many vegetables,
excellent companion plant for many vegetables. If you interplant with
lettuce or mulch after the spears are one foot high there will be no
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