Funny thing is, my garlic started to lose leaves a couple months ago. That’s quite an early harvest. Not sure if the black fabric speeds it up. Even now, it’s within range of double cropping – Spring plantings can go Where the garlic was. In fact, The reason I planted the garlic was because I had the watermelon spot finish up, With all the landscape fabric in place.
On the topic of landscape fabric, I realized I’ve had this spot covered for an entire year. I only lifted it once to mix in aged chicken manure and plant the garlic. This soil looks incredibly healthy. There were some wood bugs, but mainly earthworms. Almost every bulbi pulled up had an earthworm intertwined in the roots. All these online pseudo-hippies saying fabric kills the soil – my experiences so far have been fantastic. There would’ve been no garlic harvest at all for me this year without it.
As a side, a couple of the bulbs were growing with the top out of the soil. This seem to have no effect on them other than that they were very clean and easy to see their progress if you were to lift the fabric.
Anyway, I’m really impressed with these. The seed garlic was nothing to write home about, but a lot of my bulbs are the size of a baseball. Quite a few of the outer layers are gone, it would be nice if they can still store well.
Edit: This planting bed was riddled with mole tunnels, as is the whole property. I was happy to see none when I harvested the garlic. Maybe they don’t like the taste of garlic.