I followed Bay Gardener Frank Gouin’s advice about using compost and was rewarded. In the past, I was stingy about feeding my garlic and, come harvest, some of the bulbs weren’t much bigger than marbles. In November (a bit late), I planted German Porcelain, Musik, Spanish Roja and an Italian red variety in well-composted soil. On two or three occasions afterward I top-dressed with compost, digging in just a bit. In mid-June, I snipped off the flowers when the scapes bent over and harvested on July 7, later than usual. By the way, that giant Swiss chard next to me has been producing since last fall.
–Bill Lambrecht, Bay Weekly co-founder and Fairhaven gardener
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