The Perfect Window
PROGRESSION - Because of the hot, dry fall weather, we took this opportunity to drip irrigate the plants every 7 to 10 days, triggering plant emergence of almost 97% by mid October. In early April of 2016, with a special cloth called "Seed Guard", we plan to low tunnel cover the rows of garlic. Just like with our 1st planting of tomatoes, as shown in the picture, this protects and triggers early growth, advancing size and harvest timing up to 2 weeks. Hermans Farm is located on a shelf between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, which over the centuries have silted the land with fine, rich, black soil called De Sioux. This soil is ideal for an onion type crop like garlic. Because of location, soil type, drip irrigation and low tunneling, the farm has the potential to produce a product possibly up to twice it's normal size.