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Behemoth



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 11:33 am    Post subject: Garlic  Reply with quote    

Time to be thinking about your order. What are you getting and who from?

Digging over your growing site and adding some compost or manure wouldn't go amiss.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks for the reminder, very timely.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Me too

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I got some good stuff last year but I can't remember who from. I thought it was Tuckers but they seem to have a deal via the Garlic Farm people on the Isle of Wight.

gil
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I got last year's garlic from Dobbie's, because HDRA had sold out. They were very good.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sutton and Dobies are doing German Red which was very good. The Spanish Roja didn't fare well but they were on an unfertilised bed emphasising the value of feeding your site about now.

http://www.allotment.org.uk/greenhouse/seeds/garlic.php

Looking for Californian Late - any body?

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A bit more info on suppliers here:

http://www.garlicworld.co.uk/seednews.html

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think I'm going to go for music from here:

http://www.reallygarlicky.co.uk/main.html

Huge cloves and a good keeper, good price too.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In fact I've gone for it, 2kg 12. That's 30 bulbs

Vanessa



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You going to use the home-grown stuff as a body rub then, Tahir? That's an awful lot of garlic

Not decided what I'll grow this year, but know to get it in early autumn to get decent size bulbs - this years spring-sown was tiddly (made those who were sobbing about golf-ball-sized bulbs look huge, I can tell you!)

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

vanessa wrote:
You going to use the home-grown stuff as a body rub then, Tahir?


Yeah, "green" contraceptive

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

TD and bugs gave me some last year, which waaay out performed whatever I bought in the local GC (marco?) Hopefully, one of them will remember what it was!

KGM did a feature on garlic in Septembers issue (I think) I wonder if they have an offer associated with it. This year I am going to grow loads of garlic and not bother with any onions, just some shallots.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
This year I am going to grow loads of garlic and not bother with any onions, just some shallots.


Me too, and leeks.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Due to a mouse having got in to my PMs (perhaps that explains the occasional disappearance of the Downsizer hamster) I can't actually help either of the people quoted below, but there's no reason that should stop me, is there?

Behemoth wrote:
I got some good stuff last year but I can't remember who from. I thought it was Tuckers but they seem to have a deal via the Garlic Farm people on the Isle of Wight.


I recommended Tuckers to anyone who would listen last year, and it would appear from what the mouse has left, that you were one of the lucky recipients of the oracle's wisdom. You said "their shallots look interesting" too, if that helps get the cogs whirring.

wellington womble wrote:
Hopefully, one of them will remember what it was!


Ah, yes. That was what I was seeking but I can't work out which it was, it was definitely from Tuckers, and would have been one of Early Wight, Purple Wight, Mediterranean Wight, or Solent Wight.

I was going to buy from them again but as the trunked one says they appear to have cut down a lot - on their site at least - they had six or seven varieties by the bulb last year.

I'm looking at the Dobies selection pack at the moment, and will definitely do onions and saved Griselle shallots overwinter again, plus hopefully banana shallots to sow in the winter.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 07 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I prolly wrote it down somewhere. Wonder where - Oh, it might be in my PM's (mouses confined to garage, at present, here!)

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