Hardneck and Elephant Garlic, Do you 'tuck them' in soil?
I planted several hardneck varieties, and some elephant in raised beds last fall. I mulched with straw, which I recently removed. My stems are thick, and very green.
I was concerned about how low the soil level was after I removed the straw. So, I added some finished compost to cover the stems a bit. Before, I could see the purple. Now, just barely.
My question is, should they be left more exposed, or is it OK to tuck their necks in a little more, like I did?
BTW, my layers of straw and fall leaves made those raised beds boxes of black, black soil over the winter! It is fantastic! I still sprinkled around some epsom salt this season anyway.
So, should I remove some of that compost to air out those stems, or is it OK to leave them tucked in, hoping the bulbs continue to grow?