To mulch or de-mulch garlic & garlic roots
Hello Allium forum !
Garlic shoots are up & it's an exciting time !
Last year in the garden I had fall planted garlic ( in sandy stony soil ) that remained mulched with straw until August. Garlic crop was absolutely fantastic
Replanted this fall in different soil ( heavy clay ) and I decided to de-mulch my garlic while weeding yesterday and I noticed that my garlic roots were almost all at the surface of soil. So it seems the tender spring roots are growing up & out instead of down into the soil.
Maybe this is normal and I didn't notice it last season bc I kept the mulch on till maturity but my first thought of panic was that these roots maybe can't penetrate the hard clay ? Is that possible ?
And Secondly who's in favor of leaving mulch on and who's in favor of taking it off in the spring ?
Thank You !