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Garlic, -Mid May, Kansas City

Posted by Stephen_R Kansas City (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 11, 03 at 16:32

I just found this forum. I planted several hundred cloves of different kinds of garlic last fall. They are all doing great. This is my first season with alliums. I cut off the blooms as they appeared. Is this the correct practice? Now, some of the leaves are starting to turn gold. Is this normal. When should I dig them up and harvest?
I planted a lot of French Grey Shallots too, last fall. Most of them did not come up. They just rotted. Are Shallots difficult? My green onions are doing great. -Steve from Kansas City

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RE: Garlic, -Mid May, Kansas City

Seems to me that all is going well with your garlic. If you want them to bulb you definitely need to remove any flowering stalks, as you have done. If the leaves are turning yellow then that means your garlic is maturing. When 75% of the leaves are yellow and falling over, they should be ready to dig up and cure.

I'm on my second season with grey shallots. They don't seem as hardy and carefree as other shallots (such as dutch yellow). I didn't have any rot away, but they took longer to sprout, and the greens looked pretty sad for a long time. But in the end I got quite a good harvest and they were worth it. Their flavor really is superb.

Good luck!

By the way, you may want to post any allium questions on the main page, I didn't even know about the gallery page until two weeks ago. The main page is checked much more frequently.


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