For our very first cropping season we are going to use a straw mulch. We have secured straw bales from a local neighbor. I am estimating that the straw bales will be 18″ x 14″ x 4′ in size. It is desired to have at least 4 inches of straw mulch covering our garlic for the winter. We are another step closer in our preparation for planting. In our next post I hope to have some pictures of our planting site and soil preparation efforts.
Picture of Hardneck Garlic from the Seed Savers Exchange Website
For the 2016 garlic crop year we have chosen to purchase our seed garlic from the Seed Savers Exchange. Seed Savers Exchange is located near Decorah, Iowa and was founded in 1975. The mission of the Seeds Savers Exchange as listed on their website is,
“to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.”.
The 890-acre farm near Decorah is home to thousands of heirloom garden varieties, and it has a beautiful visitors center to stop and see if you are ever in the area. Check out their webpage here: http://www.seedsavers.org/