Growing garlic - planting and WITHOUT care
I have long wanted to share my experience in growing garlic, but I didn’t dare. And now, finally, I was honored. I plant a lot. No, not that - a lot. Because I cannot live without him in all respects, because this is my culture according to the horoscope. I love to grow it, I love to eat it every day (and I advise everyone to do it) and I really like to give bunches with huge heads to my friends. After presenting a gift, I constantly hear: “Wow! How did you grow such a miracle ?! " I answer: “But nothing. My garlic grows by itself, because I love him, and he - me. "
I always choose a place for it where potatoes used to grow. Accordingly, after digging the tubers, I immediately level the ground, remove unnecessary garbage and sow mustard with oats. In mid-September, I dig up the plot and at the same time bring in a little urea, very old sawdust, chicken dung and cow dung. And, of course, ash from the burnt straw (I bring in this stuff just generously).
Shortly before planting, I make beds at a distance of 40 cm from each other. I pour sand on them and spread the teeth at intervals of 15-20 cm, without pressing them and placing round "backs" in the direction of one of the rows. What for?
And then, that then the leaves of the plants will be located parallel to the axis of the beds and, accordingly, will not interfere with me when loosening the earth. And this is very important, because garlic does not like to be injured. All in all, it really does take less fiddling with garlic to be successful, just planting it correctly.
So I will return to this important operation. So, I do not bury the teeth, but I cover them with earth, as they say, with a tubercle.
For planting, I select the largest cloves (I also plant second-year single-teeth grown from bulbs). I keep all the planting material in salt water for 20-30 minutes beforehand. Then I take it out and, without rinsing, dry it, then immediately carry it to the garden. I consider this preparation of cloves to be the best: in all the 30 years that I have been growing garlic, I have never gotten sick!
I do not cover for the winter, but I stick the branches along the beds, left after the autumn pruning of cherries and plums, for snow retention. In the spring, as soon as the snow melts, I pull these branches out of the ground and scatter them over the garlic to stop the evaporation of moisture from the ground. When the sprouted garlic rises 15 cm, I completely remove the branches and dig up the aisles to a depth of half a shovel. The soil is loose, without lumps. After that, the garlic begins to grow rapidly: its leaves are wide, the trunks are thick - one joy to look at this splendor.
The arrows of garlic cannot be pulled out, because they grow in the very "center of life" of plants (it's like our spine), and careless handling of them can do great harm. I carefully break out the arrows when they grow to 10-12 cm.
But at the same time I do not remove everything - I leave a lot of garlic with arrows for the seeds. I dig these plants later than the others, and there has never been a case that they had small heads. I dig out such plants together with the arrows and hang them on the lower branches of the pears in a horizontal position. I keep them there for about a week, until the arrows are completely dry and yellow.
The rest of the garlic, after digging, I lay out to dry right on the beds. Then I put it in the shed and lay it out on the shelves for further drying. After two weeks, I pull off the leaves, tie the plants in bunches of 12 and hang them on a rope, where they remain until the end of the season.
I forgot to say that already when tying in bunches, I sort the garlic: which one is for planting, which one is for sale, and which one is for food.
My garlic is stored very well. I keep it in a dark hallway in a large trolley bag. One day in June, I began to wash it and found several heads that remained unsold. How surprised I was! They looked as if I had just dug them up yesterday.
I will add that garlic is very fond of ash. My brother's bed with him generally falls asleep with a large layer of this good, and such large "firebrands" grow from him that it is hard to believe in his eyes. However, it would be a sin for me to complain about my harvests. I sell part of the harvested from August to November. They already know me in the market, and they willingly take my goods. They even place orders for next year. Especially they ask for one-toothed second year from bulbs. And no wonder, because the heads of such garlic grow with four medium-sized cloves. In the fall, before the main planting, I plant these cloves on a separate plot and then collect a truly magnificent crop with heads weighing 100-150 g. Caring for the plants on this plot is the most simple: I just loosen the ground and, if there is no rain for a long time, I water it.
But in general, all my vegetables grow large - peppers, and eggplants, and tomatoes, and potatoes. I am looking after the plantings with great desire. I am 69 years old, hearing is completely absent, and it upsets me a little, because I can't hear the singing of birds and the noise of foliage in the trees, and in fact my dacha is located almost in the forest. But I'm not discouraged! My favorite plants support me.
I wish all summer residents not to lose their optimism under any circumstances. All health and rich harvests!
I also grow a rocumball hairstyle. The heads grow 10-12 cm in diameter, the bushes do not shoot. And most importantly, Rocambol grows well in winter on the windowsill and quickly gives greenery.
Reference by topic: Growing garlic in the Kursk region - planting and care: my "lazy" tips
© Author: Tatyana EFREMOVA, Zheleznogorsk, Kursk region
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