plant only the largest cloves, space 8-12 inches
apart, plenty of sun, good soil, regular watering,
not all bulbs will be large, but enough of them
should be to keep replanting some larger cloves.
those look wet, so i sure hope you didn't store
them all bundled up like that? they should be dried
out well (cured) before bundling.
ok, that's good. just make sure they are fully
dried on the outside before bundling as if you
wrap them all together when they are wet you can
get them to rot inside the bundle.
garlic here is not ready to come out yet.
they are planted in the fall. the ones
i just dug up were extras i wanted to remove
so i'll eat them up. the bulbs and cloves
are not that big because they were growing
in a clump likely started from a single
dropped scape bulbulle a few years ago.
there's another clump near that one i need
are they a hardneck garlic?
did the bulbs have individual cloves in them
or were they a single clove?
the first year for many scape bulbules will mean
they grow larger but don't subdivide, the second
year they often will divide and from then on you
have a clump which will cycle through. so some of
the cloves will increase while others will either
be dormant or stay about the same size. that is
why it is hard to remove once it goes off to the
wild. you think you've pulled it all but there
are some cloves down there hiding. so you have to
dig it up and sift the soil pretty well to find
them all and even then you might miss a tiny one
and it will then be back the next time the weather
turns cool/wet again. these plants have cunning
plans for world domination.
i gave my sister some bulbules years ago and they
put them on her land in southern CO (which is
probably similar to what you have there for climate)
and so far they are surviving, but not doing much
else. i don't know how they are doing the past few
years now that a gardener is staying there more of
the time, perhaps they finally got fertilized and
watered more or ... will have to ask. :)
If they go wild, they will have to hae adapted to
boring through concrete, as my soil around the
trough is so hard it throws sparks when you
try to shovel it.
I had to hack out the trough with an ax.
I am, pretty sure they will stay in the trough.
And the lack of water will kill anything that
decides to make a run for it!
how deep is it?
for sure you don't want water pooling there at
any point, you don't care if it gets soggy and then
drains, but you don't want standing water.
what is the trench full of? is it mounded above
It is about four foot long and 14 inches wide. It
is about 12 to 14" deep and back filled with peat moss
and original dirt, plug chicken poop based fertilizer.
The trough itself does drain, but takes hours. I water
every other day.
The trench is slightly below ground level so I can water
and not have it run all over the place.
I have five shallots growing like crazy in it right now.
This is their second feral year.
Oh and the green onion (scallions) nubs have starting
growing. Go figure.
The garlic marbles are still dormant.
Sounds a lot like field onion, which has been a common weed most
places that I've had a garden. Time and frustration just brought
me to accept that what I dug up was "most of it." Also, unless the
compost gets really hot, they'll survive that as well.
I don't *seem* to have much onion right now. Just the creeping
thistle (which is mostly dying under the mulch this year -- a welcome
On topic: After last year's neglect, I believe I have reclaimed a
space suitable for garlic. Hopefully I will be planting it this
fall. No clue currently on varieties. I suspect one softneck and
one hardneck, since I don't know what I prefer. The catalog
descriptions are of limited value, since I don't know whether the
grocery store garlic is "hot" or not (probably not). And if I
haven't had "hot," how do I know whether I like it?
Drew Lawson Some men's dreams
for others turn to nightmares.
it is definitely not onion. hardneck garlic. very hot, very
the patch out back i've been gradually removing my mistaken
scattering of bulbules eons ago is now being mowed this season
because i had no time to get back to it and Mom was sick of
looking at it. i'm pretty sure the garlic under there will
come back next spring and for years after as bulbs can store
a lot of energy. they will keep downsizing until given a
chance to recover. the smaller bulbs will not survive - yet
in the end we shall see what happens. i really want to plant
that area next season.
yeah, mulch will help make it easier to remove it as the
roots will grow in the mulch much easier than in poor subsoil,
but the thistle here which is a real PITA has no trouble
going down 2-3ft in the clay. i keep digging it out when it
surfaces and then i track any bits of root back down as
far as i can. eventually it gives up and runs out of energy
but that is a challenge. cardboard layers work as mulch.
persistent weeding after elimination is required here to
keep it from coming back.
if you like to eat raw garlic like a slice of an apple
then hot is good. :) if you like it for cooking and tend
to fry it in oil and then discard the garlic because that
is enough garlic flavor for you then hot is not what you
are after. it depends upon what you like and what you
might use it for.
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