Tuesday, February 09/16 was over 15 degrees in the warm sun and we managed to complete the weeding on all our main beds. Whew! Next step is to give them a light topping of compost and weed-suppressing paper strips lain between each long row. This should block over three-quarters of all the subsequent weeds between now and the May harvest.
This is the earliest variety of hard-neck we have found and we expect nearly 4 weeks of early sales before the traditional hard-neck varieties come on stream.
Meanwhile our purple bulbils are starting to develop their second and third leaves. We have thousands planted this year and their ability to develop small cloves by August dictates the size of next year’s crop. We expect 4-5 seed-cloves from each new plant.