Growing Garlic 2013 – Growing May

It seems things have really taken quite well )

If things go well we may end up getting some nice stinky garlic!!

May 5th – We added more cow manure today right at the base of all the garlic stems (scapes), creating 10 rows/mounds of manure. It was then sprayed with organic fertilizer containing Nitrogen, Calcium, Kelp and vitamin B1. This stuff better be good!

May 5th – We added more cow manure today right at the base of all the garlic stems (scapes), creating 10 rows/mounds of manure. It was then sprayed with organic fertilizer containing Nitrogen, Calcium, Kelp and vitamin B1. This stuff better be good!


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Don’t over water the garlic.  In the early months its ok here and there but toward the end in June/July try to keep it on the dry side.

May 9th – Added Urea 46-0-0 pellets to the base of the plants before it rained. After this picture was taken the pellets were combined into the manure mounds.

May 9th – Added Urea 46-0-0 pellets to the base of the plants before it rained. After this picture was taken the pellets were combined into the manure mounds.

Farmers usually add the Urea because it is high in Nitrogen.  you can buy Urea at a plant nursery.

It should be added once every 1.5 weeks starting from when the stalk begins to show and develop.

Calcium Nitrate should also be added to help build stem walls and plant cell, but I haven’t done that yet…. will get on it.

So, starting in April and then into May, Nitrogen and Calcium are key.

May 13th – Garlic plants got a bit bigger. The Nitrogen helped but I have a feeling it is deficient in Calcium because the leaves are looking a little pale and not as green (I know they already have Nitrogen).

May 13th – Garlic plants got a bit bigger. The Nitrogen helped but I have a feeling it is deficient in Calcium because the leaves are looking a little pale and not as green (I know they already have Nitrogen).

So, off I go to look for some Calcium Nitrate.  I think a liquid would be best… or something that can be easily diluted for quick soil and root absorption.

No problems with squirrels, racoons, dogs or cats… nothing seems to want to touch it (knock on wood).

Can’t wait to roast this garlic, yummmmmi!

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May 17, 2013 – Added some more manure

Starting to realized that the manure was starting to breakdown we decided to put 3 more bags of cow manure.

It seems every 2-3 weeks…… more manure!

Also, found some Calcium Nitrate at a local plant nursery for $4.00.

Mix it with water 1TSP/ plant.  But we diluted it to water and sprayed it on the garlic.  The next day it wilted….. CANi leads to precipitation damage, so be sure to spray regular water the plants after to dilute.

May 21, 2013 – Threw on a few handfuls of UREA 46-0-0, once every 7 days

May 21, 2013 – Threw on a few handfuls of UREA 46-0-0, once every 7 days

It was going to rain the next day fairly heavily… so we threw some more UREA into the garden for Nitrogen then worked it into the manure so it was not seen….. the picture above is before it is worked in.

Use about 1/2 to 1 TSP scattered around the bulb per plant.

May 27, 2013 – Added more UREA and manure

May 27, 2013 – Added more UREA and manure

It was going to rain again fairly heavy, so now was the time to put down some more UREA and cow manure.

The plants are looking much healthier, the added rain, manure, UREA and Calcium is being noticed….

May 27, 2013 – Here is The Garlic Chop sitting at the base of some garlic stalks

May 27, 2013 – Here is The Garlic Chop sitting at the base of some garlic stalks

It was tough to see how well the garlic was doing so we put The Garlic Chop in the picture to give you an idea of how thick the garlic stalks were getting.

Make sure you de-weed your garden so that the weeds don’t compete for food with the garlic.  We haven’t done this yet, next up.

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May 30, 2013 – This garlic is really looking healthy

The garlic is looking healthier each and every day.  About 1.5 months to do… I hope it turns out.

It rained so much the other day, maybe 25mm.  Good thing we put down some manure & UREA.

But, I see they are a little Calcium deficient.  So when the soil gets a little drier, I’ll spray them with the Calicum and then regular water to dilute anything on the leave.

Make sure you feed your plants at the end of the day OR early morning.

 

 
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