We had a very beautiful spring with loads of rain and a warm spell that allowed the flowers and weeds to start growing exponentially. Then a little bit of freak snow and now back to sunny warm temperatures and thunder storms. We did a first full weeding of all our garlic which is approximately about 7 rows 300-400 ft. long. The winter straw we laid down did a fairly good job of keeping the weeds down to a minimum until now and we were able to get it done rather quickly.
Fast forward just a few weeks and the amount of rain and sun has caused a massive overgrowth of weeds throughout the garlic! Some as tall as the garlic as well. Weeding commenced again and this time is taking quite a bit longer since we have a ton more weeds and thunderstorms and rain to deal with as well. I’m not sure what is worse to weed in….rain or blazing hot sun.
We decided to take all of the straw off when we weeded the second time. This was to make sure the garlic was able to air out and not get too waterlogged. Our garlic is planted on a slight incline, in raised beds with drainage areas above and below each row but we wanted to take triple caution.
Quite a few salamanders, spiders, and toads were found in the straw!