Greetings all my question is my garlic
plants are covered with 6" of straw
they are starting to pop out of the straw
should I remove the straw or leave it for
weed control. thanks
zone 6 new york
18 days till spring
Leave it. Removing it now will either damage the garlic plants or at
least make them floppy. If they are making it through the straw OK,
it should work out well leaving it as mulch.
I wonder if I should have done that. I planted my garlic in september,
and they're growing alright, but I wonder if the mulch idea provides
Luckily, I've had very little problems with weeds since I started with
my raised beds. The weeds I had beforehand were mostly root-spreading,
and the pathways cut their propogation down amazingly quickly.
Is it general advice to mulch garlic? If so, how soon after planting?
Should I wait for the garlic to start shooting? Is straw the preferred
mulch, or could I use organic kitchen waste (as a short-cut to
composting) covered by wood shavings?
you probably should have done that. As you note, weeds can be a
problem for garlic, so the mulch helps. Also, garlic needs consistent
moisture during its maximum growth period (April-June), and that is
helped by mulch as well. Yes, it is general advice to mulch garlic in
the fall. Just use mulch that shoots can penetrate (that is, wood
chips or straw). Large leaves, if matted, can prove too hard for
garlic to poke through.
firstname.lastname@example.org (harry411) wrote in message
Well then I will leave the straw where it is as for when to mulch
the garlic I did it right after I planted it in October and was surprised
to see it pooping thru so early in the season thanks all
zone 6 new york
16 days till spring
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