Garlic has a cold requirement: "For a clove to form a bulb, most garlic types require at least 40 days with temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Absent this, the plant forms the familiar green stalk with flat leaves but no bulb."
All our problems would be solved if only we would change our ways.
So I assumed that the foliage that popped up on my garlic and elephant garlic would die down over winter, but it has not even though we did have several nights in the single digits. I'm assuming the layer of snow protected them, but is that normal?
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Post by pepperhead212 on Mar 8, 2021 14:47:23 GMT -5
This seems earlier than most seed garlic is ready, so maybe they are not really sold out, but not available yet. Then, of course, there are the varieties that are not available due to bad weather, or something else, preventing the harvest. Fortunately, the bad cold weather, that a lot of places had, doesn't usually bother the garlic!
Should leeks be planted in the fall also like garlic?
Leeks have a long growing time. Plant the seed in the early spring and harvest the ones you need. Leave the rest for winter harvest. Certain varieties are hardier and better for winter harvest: Siegfried, King Sieg, Bleu de Solaise, Bandit. If you miss the timeslot for seeds, you may be able to get young plants to set out in late spring.
lilolpeapicker, I have no idea what variety of leeks I have, got them from Dad years ago. I leave the newly sprouted Fall ones in the garden and they are fine all Winter, even in these frigid temps. I'd say get them out there when and as soon as you can.