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Fertilize the garlic with a good nitrogen based fertilizer right when it emerges out of the ground. Pelleted chicken manure, Feathermeal, Chilean Nitrate, or a blended fertilizer are all good. Stop fertilizing right before scapes emerge.
Bulb size is reduced if garlic has to compete with weeds, so get the weeds while they are small, because it takes longer when they get bigger. By using mulch, our weed pressure is reduced significantly.
Try to get about 1" of water a week and try to taper off right before harvest. We don't usually ever have to irrigate, since we get "usually" perfect spring rain fall which tapers off into summer storms and then we harvest.
Garlic emerging out of the ground in early spring.