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dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 16 11:18 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

i pulled mine today as the leaves had just about had it and some were trying to flower

the 25 all cropped and produced slightly smaller bulbs and a greater weight than the 15 produced 11 bulbs which were bigger but in total about 25 % lighter than the other box .

i recon i got about 3.5 times as much as i planted which is a poor return so really
they were not a great success in terms of growing space to yield but fresh garlic is rather nice and i spose i will probably pickle a fair bit as i recon i can make a couple of jars .

it is moments like this i rather miss the allotment and needing a wheel barrow for the garlic crop

with the space issues i have i recon next year will be only one box(or a window sill planter) and i will use the other for a series of crops with greater added value rather than a long term, low density, low yield one like garlic.

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colettedeann



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 16 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

alas I have no garlic this year - other than what i picked up from morrisons - and a neighbour gave me one plant( one I say!!)

- I will make sure I have a bed ready for summer equinox now that has been suggested - but unsure if I should buy from a nursery - or just get a few bulbs from the store??

OtleyLad



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 16 5:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

colettedeann wrote:

- I will make sure I have a bed ready for summer equinox


I think you mean the Autumn equinox?

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 16 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You might do better to buy bulbs that will grow well in this country. I get Isle of Wight stock as they are quite close to us, but they seem to grow pretty well all over the UK. You may be able to buy them as 'eating ' garlic, but more likely you will have to look for them as corms to grow on.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 16 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How do you know when to harvest? Mine went in rather late....

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 16 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The tops start dying back and there should be bulb under the soil. Or a gloopy mess of white rot in my cases.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 16 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if they start to try to flower one can cut the flower stalks off to give a couple more weeks but it doesnt seem to make much difference so i would agree that when the leaves start to die back or the start of blooming is time to harvest .

pollyanna



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 16 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The scapes/flower shoots can be cooked and eaten.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 16 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

pollyanna wrote:
The scapes/flower shoots can be cooked and eaten.


if they are crisp and green like a spring onion they are quite nice ,mine were more like a sad damp pencil with a desperate bud on the top

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 16 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think a couple of the onions are starting to bud. I'll pick them and see what they're like.

Behemoth



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 16 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The Autumn equinox is on 22nd September 2016 at 14:21. Time to start thinking about next year's garlic.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 16 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours grew well this year in our new garden but didn't dry well even after lifting and leaving in the sun for a few days. We did have a fair bit of rain and general dampness at harvest time. Next years crop will be given more room and ridged to see if that makes any difference.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 16 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

when i had quite a lot i found a couple of days outside drying to evict the wildlife and then loose netted indoors worked well .

Bugs



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 16 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I came across a description of Picardy Wight this year, "Adapted to cooler and wetter conditions, will grow anywhere in the UK that has proved a challenge to other garlic.". So we are trying that alongside Solent Wight. Cheapest supplier I found was Kings.

Bugs



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 17 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cutting it fine but King's have quite an impressive offer, presumably clearing out their stock, 4.50 for 5 types of normal garlic and few elephant cloves. Worth a punt if you forgot to buy/plant in Autumn I would say.

http://www.kingsseeds.com/Products/Vegetables/Garlic/Garlic-Collection-Offer

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