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Trying garlic... again

So garlic this year was a pathetic disaster. But I've learned a few interesting facts that I hope will improve my harvest next year!

(1) I planted in early spring. WRONG. You're meant to plant garlic in the fall! My new plan is to get some new garlic bulbs and replant the biggest cloves in individual cut-off 2-ltr bottles on or around Columbus Day.

(2) You need to cut off the scapes when they straighten out, or else all the plant's energy will go into making big foliage rather than swelling the bulb as big as it can. This makes total sense, now that I think about it. Didn't my pepper output suffer while the plants were trying to grow taller? Didn't my basil give wimpy output until I nipped the tops and let it turn bushy?

Duh. ^_^

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