[Market-farming] Mulching garlic was garlic rotation

Elaine Granata elainegranata at peoplepc.com
Wed Oct 18 12:07:47 EDT 2006


Allan:  CSU did a study on garlic but I think it was just uncovered or
covered with floating row covers, though they may have done a mulch
treatment.  Their bottom line:  covered  is better.  Their web is
www.specialtycrops.colostate.edu.  It's probably in their archieves as this
study was a couple of years ago.

Elaine

----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan Balliett" <aballiett at frontiernet.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 18, 2006 6:59 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] Mulching garlic was garlic rotation


> Straw is up to $5+ a bale in these parts (Washington DC environs)
> Blame it on the horses.
>
> I'm wondering if it's a waste of time to mulch garlic with big bale
> mulch hay. Works good on spuds, but with its solid stems I don't know
> that it would insulate well enough for over wintering garlic.
>
> And, what about this: fresh daily litter from horse stables. Probably
> woodchip based, but with plenty of urine and bisquits (but not
> loaded: really changed daily from small stalls) Too much carbon? Too
> much nitrogen? I wonder how much of either by the time growth REALLY
> starts for the garlic in the spring.
>
> Thanks
>
> -Allan
>
> >I don't know that there's a bad place in rotation for garlic as long
> >as the soil is nitrogen rich, drains well, and isn't too sandy.  I've
> >read that one shouldn't plant it where there is any indication of
> >fusarium, but I've never seen it on our farm, so I can't say.  For
> >the same reason, I've heard it recommended not to follow grass family
> >crops, which are prone to fusarium.   But, many garlic growers,
> >including me, mulch with grasses like oat straw (I use chopped
> >cornstalks).
> >
> >I suppose intensely planted garlic will deplete nitrogen, but
> >probably nothing that some manure/compost won't remedy.
> >
> >I've only been growing garlic four years now (1/4 - 1/3 acre), and
> >haven't planted it in the same place twice - and probably won't for
> >the foreseeable future.
> >
> >Our planting, too, has been hampered by wet conditions, and time is
> >getting short up here.  Praying for dry!
> >
> >Jerry Ford
> >Howard Lake, MN
> >zone 3/4
> >
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