The foliage in my garlic patch has fallen over and is turning
yellow/brown. I've dug up a few of the garlic bulbs but they're a bit
on the small side. Will they continue to grow if I leave them in the
ground longer, or does the falling over signal the end of the growing
They're done growing for now. If you do nothing with them, they'll sprout
again next year, but it's also possible they'll rot, depending on drainage
and weather. When the scapes (flowers & seed pods) formed, did you cut them
off? If not, you should. You'll get bigger garlic.
I didn't get any scapes on my garlic this year, just nice blades of
foliage. I did, however, grow some sweetpeas in close to the garlic,
which may have zapped some of the soil's nutrients and robbed a bit of
sunlight. Next year, the garlic gets the entire bed by itself.
Time to harvest some garlic (even if they are a bit puny).
What kind of garlic did you plant? Some are small and then there is
elephant garlic. I plant my garlic cloves in Aug/early Sept, and harvest it
in July. I cure it after washing off the dirt, by laying it on the back
porch in a single layer, in the shade for 10 to 15 days. Then I move it
inside to a cool room . I harvested 53 heads of garlic this year, 3/4 th of
it was elephant garlic.
I do water it regularly. I soak the ground at least once a week during the
growing season. When ever I came across one that didn't get the water
(wasn't close enough to the soaker hose), found that it didn't split into
cloves. Those I replant right away for next year.
Good luck and have fun.
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