Now it is fairly recently (in the scheme of things) that I learnt this method, but once you have learnt it you wonder why it took you so long, it seems so obvious. And this is how another participant felt, she had never come across this method before.
|Daffodils - not garlic http://www.freefoto.com/images/19/12/19_12_12_prev.jpg|
|The right way! http://www.flickr.com/photos/graibeard/3517010684/|
Today I rectified that - digging up the already sprouted garlic, separating the cloves, and replanting them with space for the new bulbs to form. Hopefully the majority of them will survive the disturbance!
I did notice one odd thing, one of the last bulbs to sprout was covered with soldier fly larvae. We get these all the time in our compost bin & occasionally in the worm farm. When looking for a picture I found this site - now I know so much more about them! I know they were near the garlic because they feed on rotting matter & manure - and what is my no-dig bed constructed from? Straw & manure. I'm never going to think of them as gross again! The adult fly doesn't even feed! I might even start to farm them (as part of the composting process) to feed to the chickens as suggested in the article.
We live and learn. I guess we just have to have an open mind, and not too much pride.