I'm not even sure where to begin... First of all, let me just say this has been my first year planting garlic, and I think I made some serious mistakes. I'm looking to see where I went wrong so that I may do everything correctly this year. After an epic failure, I am determined to get it right this year! I have been browsing this forum and others looking for answers but sometimes combing through the endless amounts of data on the subject is incredibly unwieldy.
I planted my garlic last year in early September. I planted two hardneck varieties, ajo rojo, and German red in raised beds and mulched with pine shavings and fallen leaves. Everything was coming up early, and getting really leafy and it was a couple months before the ground froze. Someone told me that I planted much too early, and to snip the plants down to the base. I did that and added more mulch. In the early spring only a quarter of the entire crop came up and at various times. So I have some large, more mature plants, and small plants with only 4 leaves. Also, I should note, since weather is always important, we had tons of late snow this year - blizzards well into March ( i'm sure a lot of you remember). So I guess my questions are, can someone give me some tips as to what happen? Did they rot? Is autumn growth ok? Do you mulch after you see growth? too wet? too cold? Ugh!
Thanks so much!