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sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 11 2:27 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Oh should I be pulling it up now? I planted it last October/November. The leaves haven't started dying yet.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
Posts: 22789
Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 11 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Harvested some the other day - the flavour is phenomenal. This is the garlic that went in so late and did so badly last year that I just left it in the ground for another year.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18984
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 12 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's the Equinox, time to plant soon.

My garlic was one of the few successes this year.

wildfoodie



Joined: 05 Apr 2005
Posts: 2169

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 12 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought garlic was planted on the shortest day of the year dec 21st and harvested on the longest? in which case we're only halfway to planting time!
Anyone heard that rumour that if you plant saved cloves from your previous crop the garlic becomes more and more happy in your soil and performs better over time?

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 12 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Best planted before december. And your ground might be frozen hard on the shortest day! October to November's best.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 12 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

October for those of us not on an island in the gulf stream

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 12 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Halloooo long time no see!

It's all to do with the frost I believe, vernalisation, and late planted garlic and a poor spring will take an age to get going and lead to small bulbs. I find autumn planted can be harvested in late may.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
Posts: 4663
Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 12 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I imagine that your advice is entirely correct concerning your own experience.

In my part of the world you need to get your garlic in the ground before the ground is frozen and has a foot of snow on it. Mid-October is probably the latest you'd want to plant it here. (not that there's necessarily snow by then, but you want the garlic to have a chance to grow some roots)

It will pop up and start growing in late March. Harvest by mid-summer

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18984
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 12 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, I've read some US websites who put a lot of effort in determining when the best time to plant is. My method is usually to start thinking about getting around to it sometime soon, about now, and then some domestic crisis happens or relatives with good intentions do something, the days get shorter and it's always dark, and eventually it has to be done in the pissing rain.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18984
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 12 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Damn - must order garlic.....

cassy



Joined: 04 Feb 2008
Posts: 1047
Location: South West Scotland
PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 13 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My garlic finally broke the surface this week after planting in November. However, the following morning they were all gone and there was a strong smell of garlic.

I assumed they had been had by mice and I spent the afternoon swearing about mice while sorting out some mouse-proof mesh to put on part of the bed to try to save any survivors which were still underground. When I went out to fit it, the garlic shoots had miraculously re-appeared!

We'd had a frost in the night, the ground had heaved and subsequently thawed; the garlic smell was possible caused by the shoots being scraped by the moving soil or as OH suggested was all in my imagination.

Good news but d'oh .

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18984
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 13 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tragedy!

White rot claims crop.

mochyn



Joined: 21 Dec 2004
Posts: 24550
Location: mid-Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 13 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bum.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 18984
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 13 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's fine thanks, regular bathing helps.

gardening-girl



Joined: 25 Feb 2009
Posts: 6024
Location: Somerset.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 13 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have the best garlic we have ever grown.Planted in the poly tunnel in October last year.
Dug an elephant bulb last week,weighed in at 1lb 2oz.
Naturally, the old git at the plot said it wouldn`t work,but we more than happy with the result.

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