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Help bulking up my garlic


 
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dormouse
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 8:49 am    Post subject: Help bulking up my garlic Reply with quote

Hi,
I pulled up one garlic last night to check on the progress and was happy to see that it has split. But it's still very small. Maybe 3/4 of an inch? They were planted last November to I guess they will be coming up in the next month or so. Would they bulk up much in that month or can I feed them with something to help them? They do have rust so I've been removing the leaves, but I'm hoping they'll stumble over the line and give me a useful crop all the same.
Thanks a lot
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michael brenock
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

removing the leaves was a mistake. Though the rust would have reduced yields the total removal of any leaf is more serious.
In future plant the garlic in a more open area where there is good air movement that will help leaves to dry off faster.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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dormouse
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Michael. I didn't remove them all though, just the odd badly affected one every so often to try and stop it spreading. Anyway, in the last couple of days the foliage has really started to turn yellow so I'll be harvesting soon. Thanks
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