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Still planting garlic


by Jane Moore

...it's mid February all of a sudden and I still haven't got those last couple of garlic bulbs in. I'm going to plant them now though, even if it is late.


Garlic bulbsI am ashamed to admit that I still haven't got all my garlic in. I know the experts say I should have planted it in October or November, but I got a bit distracted by the apple harvest from a neighbour's garden, and spent all my time making jam and stewing apples for the freezer.

Anyway, now it's mid February all of a sudden and I still haven't got those last couple of bulbs in. I'm going to plant them now though, even if it is late. I believe in the old adage 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'!

Besides, I do know a bit about growing garlic. Although the bulbs do need a period of really cold weather to get them started, that period can be as short as a week at about zero to four °C. This seems highly possible during the remainder of February and March.

I'm well aware that the more responsible and organised vegetable gardeners will be shaking their heads and tutting - I bet the likes of Adam Pasco and Pippa Greenwood had their garlic tucked up in its beds months ago - but I know I'm not the only haphazard plotter out there. And it certainly won't be the last time I get behind on the planting!



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Gardeners' World Web User 15/02/2008 at 20:48

Jane, I am the same. I put 2 rows in then got waylaid by the wife, but my garlic are in pots about 4 inches high and in a cold frame. I did the same last year but lost most due to the floods. This year I hope for better results,the cold snap of late - 3 has done no harm, so just carry on planting.

Gardeners' World Web User 17/02/2008 at 11:04

Thank you for that I thought I had missed the boat, thanks to you I am going to get them in today. It was -6 in Frome last night.

Gardeners' World Web User 19/02/2008 at 12:43

We are all clearly blessed.

Gardeners' World Web User 21/02/2008 at 17:58

I have planted garlic both in the Autumn and in Feb and both seemed to have produced decent cloves. In the later case, it was either plant them or throw them away.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/02/2008 at 17:34

am I the only one feeling disgustingly smug at having all my garlic in? mind you I did succumb to a change of mind and put some shallots in last week; having just used the first of last year's crop over the winter and discovered how good they are.

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