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!!
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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….
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.
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.