Do you grow garlic? A co-worker and I were discussing our plans to plant it this year and we got on the subject of soaking the cloves before putting them in the ground: yay or nay, and in what media? Soaking garlic is supposed to deter fungal infections and insect infestations, and presumably because the cloves are healthier, the subsequent plants will be as well (which translates as better yield and quality). Soaking garlic is standard procedure for many growers – is it something you do?
It seems there isn’t a consensus about what to soak it in, however – or even how many steps you should take to accomplish the task. My co-worker just puts the cloves in rubbing alcohol for three or four minutes and then sows as usual, but I’ve read that some gardeners use a pre-treatment of either an overnight soak in plain H²O or a combination of liquid seaweed, baking soda and water, followed by the alcohol rinse. Alternatively, you can leave out the rubbing alcohol (or vodka or hydrogen peroxide or ?) and just go with the seaweed mix. Commercial growers appear to have their own brews, including guidelines for the optimum temperature of the soaking media. What is your go-to concoction?
Or…you can do what I did last year and not soak your garlic at all. I didn’t have any problems, but would that have been a risk you would have taken? How seriously do you consider the source of your seed stock in determining if you soak the cloves or not?
And then we started talking about rotating allium crops…she doesn’t, I do.
Garlic growers, what are your thoughts?