garlicgrower at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 19 02:16:18 EDT 2002
> > How do you know when it is ready, Pam?
I go with 40% green leaves. Also, if the leaves are held out from the
plant along with the browning, it's probably time for the garlic to come
up. Green leaves equal wrappers, so if you want long storage garlic, it's
better to be a tad early than late. Since most of my garlic is for seed
stock, I go with tight wrappers.
> > Do you remove the mulch in the spring, or let it stay on?
I add straw and bagged leaves if the garlic keep growing in the winter. If
there is piles and piles in the spring, I fluff the beds to make sure the
garlic can get through and toss some of the mulch if there is too much. If
not, I let it stay. I did not have to water the garlic this season, so I
must have had my mulch layer right. (Now, if only we could get some rain
so I wouldn't have to water everything ELSE still growing in the garden! ;-))
I started harvesting on June 27th and just finished on July 14 -- rather
early for me so I feel better seeing the VA folks were harvesting in
May. I've noticed my garlic gets earlier and earlier -- global warming?
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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