MULCHING GARLIC OATS - GROWING IT AFTER SIDERATE!
When I visited my brother in the neighboring region, where he got garlic the size of a fist without any hassle on his black soil, I kindly envied him. But on my poor land, the heads grew in size only with a walnut. I bought organic a couple of times, but the manure turned out to be fake: the scammers simply took the land from the neighboring deciduous forest and added a few cow cakes to it. Then I decided to look for more economical methods of increasing the fertility of the land.
ALTHOUGH OATS AND NOT MANURE ...
A few years ago, in August, I sown oats thickly in the garden planned for winter garlic. By mid-October, against the backdrop of regular rains, the stems were already knee-deep. Before planting garlic directly, I mowed the green mass, chopped it with a shovel right in the garden, and then dug up the ground. I planted winter garlic cloves on the same day according to the usual principle. True, the oat stalks interfered with this procedure a little, but I tried not to pay attention to them.
ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF MULCH EXACTLY FOR GARLIC
Before that, I mastered such an agricultural technique as mulching. In late spring and summer, he began to sprinkle the surface of the soil on many vegetable beds with weeds, and also specially went to the meadow to mow the grass for this purpose. On our sandy loams, mulch is the only means of protecting the earth from drying out in dry weather, which is often established even in early spring. Moisture from melting snow does not linger, the earth dries up instantly in the spring, and water in the central water supply is given only on May holidays.
Garlic, germinating at the earliest possible time, always suffered from thirst, besides, I usually didn’t get around to mulching at that time, and there was nowhere to get enough grass in April. Therefore, I decided to mulch the garlic bed in the fall. I took for this purpose everything that was at hand: fallen leaves from the garden, soft weeds without roots and seeds, carrot tops. All these plant residues were spread out in a uniform layer of 10-15 cm on the leveled surface of the beds after planting the teeth. I was afraid, however, that in the spring the garlic might not break through such a coating, but still decided to take a chance.
AND HERE IS THE RESULT
The following April, my doubts were dispelled: powerful shoots flaunted in the garden without a single “bald spot”. The garlic came up all without exception and looked as strong and healthy as ever. The mulch after the winter settled and compacted well, so a thick blanket formed on the surface of the earth. Putting my hand under it, I happily felt the wet soil (the rest of the garden was completely dry) and realized that I had made the right decision.
That summer, I didn't have to loosen the aisles of the garlic bed and pull out the weeds, and worry from weekend to weekend that the plants would burn in the sun. It took only once a week to water the bed with such a thick, dense layer of mulch. It began to thin (rot) only by the middle of summer, and at that time I had already stopped watering and soon started cleaning.
Garlic grew excellent, at least compared to previous crops. Brushing large teeth was a pleasure, and even more so!
Since then, every year I began to prepare a bed for this vegetable in this way. Labor costs for caring for garlic with this approach have been reduced several times, and the harvest never ceases to please.
Green manure embedded in the ground, as well as plant waste in the form of mulch, rot in the ground and supply it with organic matter in full, and also make the soil loose and moisture-intensive.
Reference by topic: Grow garlic in the same place + plant the garlic deep!
GARLIC - GROWING IN SIDERATS: VIDEO
© Author: Igor V. KOSOV, Voronezh
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