watering?

toad_ca(z7b Bellingham, WA)November 24, 2013

I planted my garlic in October and watered until the rain started a few weeks later. Usually I can forget about them until I fertilize a little in February. But we've been having sunny skies and freezing nighttime temps for over a week, and it looks like it will continue that way for at least another week. Should I water my garlic?

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opsitnick(8a/sw.wa)

I just checked the moisture in my soil. And it's fine. Even though the sun is out, there is not enough evaporation to make a difference. My grass does not even dry out enough for me to mow.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 3:43PM
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Mark(Oregon, Zone 8)

Agreed. I don't think about watering till April/May.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 8:54PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

Good PNW crowd here.

Agree. No watering. Even without rain ,b/c there is no evaporation at cool temperatures and the soil will stay moist. And the other thing is that the roots will be going down few more inches.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 3:52AM
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toad_ca(z7b Bellingham, WA)

sorry for the lag-time. Thank you all! And thanks to seysonn, I too just noticed that all the responders are NWers. Stay warm!

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 4:31PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

You welcome, Toad .

If you were gardening somewhere like in southern CA, that it was warm, sunny and didn't rain for weeks, you should have watered your garlic. But here by the Pacific Ocean we are already getting too much rain, clouds, short days, . I am thinking about putting a hoop over my garlic bed. I might make it a portable one (only 3ft by 5ft)

    Bookmark   December 3, 2013 at 5:22AM
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still_kris(z17 NoCA)

Here by the Pacific Ocean we have only had 5" of rain this season. I had to go out and water garlic yesterday as the later planted varieties were showing no sign of sprouting. Will have another session of it today.

Of course, I grow in raised beds which dry out much faster than the earth.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2013 at 8:38AM
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