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Is there anything I can do to help my garlic this late in spring?

13 years ago

This is my second year growing garlic, and we had some weird weather that I think damaged them. I live in Central Texas, and we had a mild winter, so they were growing just fine, until this cold spell in February where it didn't get above freezing for three days.

Ever since then my garlic has been looking kinda ugly. Last year I had a wonderful garlic harvest, but I'm afraid this year they won't do as well. The ends of most of the leaves are yellow/brown and shriveled up. Last year at this time they were much more lush and pretty. It's been a couple of months since the big freeze, and I kept hoping they would bounce back, but so far no.

I've been trying to keep them well-watered, which is a struggle in this drought, but other than that I'm not sure what else to do to help them along between now and harvest time in May - June. Maybe a bit of nitrogen? Or is it just too late for them to bounce back?

I also noticed a difference between varieties. The hardnecks are looking much better than the softnecks (I'm growing lots of different varieties of garlic). That's the opposite of last year when the softnecks did much better. I guess that just shows that it's good to grow different kinds. At least if you live in Texas and have unpredictable weather.

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