Fertilizing garlic???

pepbob1(zone5, nh)March 20, 2007

Ive been reading lately that garlic is a "heavy feeder," and applications of high nitrogen fertilizer are recommended, but have also read of growers using a fish emulsion on their plants, would that also qualify as high nitrogen? Do you have a favorite fertilizer that you use, and at what intervals do you apply it? Iam in Southern New Hampshire, this is the first time that ive planted garlic, after i planted last fall we had an extended warm spell, at least for here, and most of the garlic sprouted before a hard freeze or snow fall.Ive mulched with pine needles to a depth of 5-6 inches, i checked the garlic planting bed last week, and there was still probably 3 inches of mulch that was still frozen, i was temted to remove the thawed mulch, but didnt, we had a 12 inch snow storm 2 days later. Thanks in adnavce for any help or suggestions!

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villandry

Pepbob1

When you start to see active spring growth, you should fertilize lightly every two weeks with Fish Emulsion. Stop fertilizing one month before you plan on lifting the bulbs. You should be fine.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2007 at 11:55PM
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oldroser(z5)

Can't use fish emulsion here - raccoons would dig everything up looking for the fish. I side-dress with 10-10-10 as soon as shoots start growing in spring and again around June 1st. have very light soil (close to gravel) so fertilizer leaches out fast.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2007 at 3:20AM
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pepbob1(zone5, nh)

Thanks for the propmpt responses, i wasnt too sure how active the list would be this time of year, at least in the North East. I have both types of fertilizer on hand so it wont be a problem, whichever one i decide on.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2007 at 10:36AM
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andy9999(6a)

Horse manure quite a bit than 5-7in of soil than plant garlic

    Bookmark   June 6, 2007 at 11:27PM
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pepbob1(zone5, nh)

Thanks for the fertilizer tip, my neighbors have horses...!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 9:45AM
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andy9999(6a)

My father is always fertilizing this way, he says garlic need quite a lot of horse manure, will talk to him on Saturday, will post more info Â.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 9:57PM
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lilacs_of_may

"...he says garlic need quite a lot of horse manure...."

I'll see if I can get my boss to come over and talk to my garlic. ;-)

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 11:30PM
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pepbob1(zone5, nh)

My Dad always had a 55 gallon barrel of "tea" along side of his garden and he would periodically side dress the plants in the garden woth it, it was cow manure and water, I think he filled the barrel to about a quarter to one third with cow manure, then would fill the rest with water, he would let it sit for a couple of weeks and then start to use it. Rain water would supplement the used water, and of course if needed he would refill the barrel with tap water..

    Bookmark   June 8, 2007 at 8:26AM
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edgman(z7MD East)

Your Daddy had the right idea. I fill a nylon knee high stolen from my wife and fill it full of compost from my two piles, let it soak in a 5 gallon bucket of water overnight and then take the water and sprinkle it all over my garlic, onions and other veggies. You can almost hear them enjoying that compost tea. Give the tea a try. Might have to explain to your wife what you are doing with her knee highs before she calls you a pervert but it's worth it.

Thanks

Tom R/edgman

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 12:08AM
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pepbob1(zone5, nh)

Thanks for the "compost tea" tip, ive used "Terrecycle" on other plants this spring and the plants seem to really like it, that compound is supposed to be a by product of worm castings, a type ot "tea" made from that process.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2007 at 10:19AM
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