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Keeping the weeds away

Updated: Apr 8

Weeding your garlic / garden

Weed control is one of the most overlooked areas of gardening, yet it is extremely important, and can quickly become a problem if you let the weeds get away from you - which can happen very quickly.

Gardeners that have mulched after planting will have an added layer of protection from weeds, as the sun won't be able to help germinate as many weed seeds. However, if you did mulch, you may want to consider pulling thick areas of mulch away from plants, as mulch can hold moisture and cause rot as bulbs continue to grow.

Weed control in garlic is critical since garlic is in the ground for 9 months. Some weeds germinate well in cool weather, while others germinate in hot weather, so garlic gets to enjoy the company of all weeds. Adding grass clippings or wood chips to walking paths, or between rows in your garden is a great way to continually suppress weeds, while also adding organic matter that will breakdown over time.

Garlic Gods weeding Process

Your Garlic God farmers will continue to spend many hours and weeks out in the field with hoe in hand. Weed control continues to be the most time consuming activity of our growing season. While garlic is a hardy plant and will grow with weeds, the bulb size can be significantly reduced when it has to compete with the roots from weed. Garlic also enjoys full sun, tall weeds can create a canopy which will shade the garlic plant.

This year we upgraded to a full tractor set up, a pull behind finger weeder and tine implement made in America from Tilmor. While we will continue hand weeding, this implement will help us cultivate and conquer tiny weeds that are constantly sprouting throughout the growing season.

Follow us on Instagram to see how we continue to keep our fields weed free with the help of our new Tilmor pull behind tractor implement.

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