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Posted: Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:58 pm
I'm in Dutchess County, NY, Zone 6a. I live on a hill. I have a garden that is on a flat plane on the down slope. I've planted garlic there the last couple of years. It grows, but it doesn't get nice, big cloves. The ground is wetter in that area. It's not squishy, but it does stay on the damp side. Do you think the garlic would be happier somewhere uphill?
Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:32 pm
Garlic grows best in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. It does like moist soil but not overly wet. The soil should be well worked with lots of quality compost or well-rotted manure mixed in so it is nice and loose. This will help promote the formation of larger heads. They do well in raised beds. Garlic is normally planted in the fall (cover with 3"-4" of shredded leaves or straw mulch to moderate soil temperature and moisture over the winter) and harvested when the lower leaves turn brown sometime the following summer. The timing depends on where you live. Harvesting the garlic too early will result in smaller heads. Be sure to keep the bed weed-free as garlic does not compete well with weeds. If you are doing all this and you still get small heads, you might consider moving the garlic bed to higher ground. Also check the mature size of the variety you are growing just in case it is just a smaller sized garlic.