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Missed Garlic Scape season and leaf curl

09 Jun 2012
Rainy 17°C / 63°F

I just discovered that garlics have something called a scape and that whether you cut this or leave this growing can, according to the debate, affect the size and the longevity of your stored bulbs. What’s odd is I don’t recall seeing any scapes on my garlic. I guess I will just have to wait and see. The leaves have cetainly started to droop so it wont be long until I can see what they look like underground.
Despite the awful weather (heavy rain, then some sun in the space of minutes; it was two degrees one morning last week) the peas seem to be happy. Around 30 centimetres tall and starting to flower already.
The asparagus looks much better this year because I put string supports up around them. The fronds have really bushed out and each stalk is about the same height as me.
The orchard was really going well with real branch growth on the plum and the apricot but the cold snap seems to have put a halt to that. We saw our first tiny cherries too. Sadly it does look lik the peach tree has leaf curl fungus (cloque in french); they’ve all shrivelled and gone brown. Ive read the problem can only be tackled in autumn but Ive bought some bouillie bordelaise in preparation


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It depends on the variety. Soft neck garlic doesn’t make scapes.

Posted on 09 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

Thanks @Anelson
Your comment made me look up what each of my varieties are:

Arno : Softneck
Purple Wight : Semi-softneck
Solent Wight : Softneck
Sultop : Hardneck

The sultop looks to be doing the best so lets hope they look as good underground :)

Posted on 10 Jun 12 (about 3 years ago)

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