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Growing garlic


by Jane Moore

Growing garlic is easy and hugely rewarding. You can plant it now or leave it until later on in the autumn or winter - whatever you like, it really doesn't matter.


Garlic bulb - 'Albigensian Wight'My garlic bulbs arrived this week. Two bulbs of 'Christo' and two of 'Albigensian Wight', I think, although I'm not sure about the spelling of the last one as they're already in the ground. There are no flies on me this week - I'm a woman possessed! After the disastrous summer we've had I'm relishing the thought of next season; I'm organising the crop rotation and digging the ground. The garlic couldn't have arrived at a better time.

My garlic bulbs arrive by post as I ordered them online from a reputable nursery but your local garden centre will be selling them at this time of year too. It's best to plant these specially-grown garlic bulbs - you can use supermarket bulbs if you're desperate, but they're no cheaper than the 'proper' ones and produce much smaller bulbs. I know, I've tried it!

Growing garlic is easy and hugely rewarding. You can plant it now or leave it until later on in the autumn or winter - whatever you like, it really doesn't matter. All that does matter is that the bulbs get a good, sharp blast of cold weather once they're in the ground, to promote germination.

Last year I planted garlic in both October and February, to see what happened. Both crops yielded bulbs, but those from the October planting were bigger and sturdier. So that's enough experimentation for me - I'm planting mine in autumn from now on!



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Gardeners' World Web User 11/10/2008 at 18:40

does it make any difference if you plant garlic in a polly tunnel?

Gardeners' World Web User 13/10/2008 at 16:04

i love growing garlic so i try to grow it very early to avoid garlic rust.

Gardeners' World Web User 13/10/2008 at 16:13

I am a very new gardener and experimenting with all things at present. So I thought I would plant (in pots) some garlic cloves from my own cooking garlic (not bought from the supermarket though). They have all taken and I replanted up in bigger pots and kept them in the greenhouse (not knowing quite what to do with them). Can I plant them outside and if so will they do well in a large container over winter outside?

Gardeners' World Web User 23/10/2008 at 21:07

I ordered my garlic a few weeks ago and still waiting for them to arrive. They are solvent whites. and it is also my first time in planting garlic. I plan to put them in the garden would they be alright?

Gardeners' World Web User 24/10/2008 at 09:03

I have been told to plant Garlic 4" deep,but the packet says 1" Help please

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