cold weather damage to new growth of garlic

rhubarb_stalker(Z5b Western MA)March 26, 2010

The cloves that I planted last October have sprouted to a height of about 8". Last week our weather was unusually warm, but tonight the temperature is supposed to go down to around 15 degrees.

I just added a substantial layer of pine needle mulch for added protection, plus I covered it all with floating row covers.

Do you think this protection will be sufficient?

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wcthomas

No problem - garlic can handle 15F.

TomNJ

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 1:31PM
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rhubarb_stalker(Z5b Western MA)

Thank you. Could I have gotten by with not adding the mulch and row covers?

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 2:01PM
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wcthomas

Sure, but leave the mulch on until harvest as it will prevent weeds and help keep a stable soil moisture and temperature. Garlic hates weeds.

TomNJ

    Bookmark   March 28, 2010 at 8:30PM
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