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Old October 13, 2017   #17
greenthumbomaha
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Originally Posted by brownrexx View Post
I don't know if you normally mulch your garlic but I usually apply a thick layer of straw once it gets really cold and the leaves die. This keeps the soil from going through a lot of freeze/thaw cycles and moving the bulbs up and down in the soil. I pull it back in the spring when I see leaves poking through.

Good luck. They look like nice cloves.
I used the thick straw last year too. To keep it in place I layered my folding tomato cages on top of the raised bed. This served another purpose of keeping any deer or other 4 legged creatures from taking a shortcut thru the bed.

I left my straw on and it was a weedy mess by spring. I'll follow your example of removing the straw and maybe use corn glutten meal for the seed seeds.

- Lisa
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