Outcome of Garlic Producer Closes In On Successful Weeding Strategies

Gourmet garlic is growing in popularity, but is difficult to grow  because its size and yield are very susceptible to weed growth. In this study it was found that solarization, though effective against weeds, decreased the size of garlic bulbs by 5.5 percent and decreased yield by 10 percent compared to garlic in stale seedbeds. On average, there was no difference in time or garlic yield in hand versus flame weeding, though flame  weeding was three times more expensive. Overall, a  combination of a stale seedbed and then hand weeding is the most effective weed control method for garlic.