On her blog today, Susan over at e-i-e-i-omg! posted a picture of what she called her "sad, sad garlic." Well, I'm here to prove to her that I have the sadder garlic.
I planted one raised bed of garlic last fall, half soft neck and half stiff neck. (With a four foot row of Gilia down the middle which, I fear, is never going to bloom this season.)
This is the soft neck side of the bed. Pitiful, isn't it? Very few of the plants near the end of the bed showed their little green heads this spring. I still had some nice looking cloves from last year so I stuck them in the bare spots. Most of them came up, but none ever grew much over 6" tall. Sigh.
The sprout-a-bility of the stiff neck (other end of the bed) was great but almost immediately the leaves started turning yellow and even the higher, "healthier" leaves are an insipid shade of gray/green. See, Susan? I told you yours look good compared to mine. At least your self-proclaimed sad, sad garlic has some nice green color to it. Mine? Bah.
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