[Livingontheland] fall garlic planting

TradingPostPaul tradingpost at riseup.net
Fri Sep 8 13:50:37 EDT 2006

Actually we'll wait a bit here at 7,000 elev. high desert. Funny you
mention walking onions. We have a full bed of them where we came from, with
top bulblets and all, and need to move them. Would you dig up and
transplant the whole thing or just take the bulblets and start them now? 

paul tradingpost at lobo.net

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On 9/8/2006 at 1:17 PM Harvey Ussery wrote:

>> About time for fall garlic planting. 
>>  paul
>A bit early here in zone 6b (I plant mid-Oct to mid-Nov), but Paul is 
>right--if you want to grow garlic, make sure it doesn't fall off your 
>to-do list.
>Garlic is an easy crop. Here is Hahv's sure-fire recipe for success:
>*Plant in fall. Spring-planted garlic will grow just fine--but will 
>produce miniscule heads.
>*Give it your best garden soil. (Last year I followed a cover of cowpeas 
>with garlic--and got best-ever harvest.)
>*If you want large heads, give *plenty* of room. Last year I planted 
>just 3 rows down the length of 42-inch wide bed, 6 inches apart in the 
>rows. I got biggest heads ever by a factor of 2. This year I plan to do 
>the same, but increase in-row spacing to 8 inches. (OTOH, closer spacing 
>will give you somewhat greater overall production, but smaller heads.)
>*A light mulch is good. (A heavy mulch should only be used where it gets 
>very cold in winter--remember to pull most of the mulch off it as growth 
>begins in the spring.)
>*After growth begins in the spring, keep the bed absolutely weed-free. 
>Alliums do not do well with weed competition.
>*Don't wait too late to harvest (around end of June, early July latest 
>in my area). You really don't want to wait until significant numbers of 
>lower leaves have turned yellow. Rather, pull a head now and then as 
>harvest time approaches. Once they've sized up nicely, go ahead and 
>harvest. (And those heads you pulled? "Green" [uncured] garlic is very 
>nice in the saute pan.)
>*Remember that shallots and nesting or "potato" onions should also be 
>planted in the fall, likewise a number of perennial alliums (Egyptian or 
>"walking" onions, etc.)
>*And do reserve your best heads for use as seed garlic in the fall. I'm 
>still planting Inchellium garlic I first bought 20 years ago--Chesnok 
>Red, about 12 years or so.
>Harvey in northern Va
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