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I've grown my garlic this year in modules in the greenhouse, to get them started. They are all growing away fine. But when should I put them outside in the ground? I live in the E. Midlands area. Answers much appreciated.
Are they a soft or hardneck variety nikki?
My garlic only went in the other day outside, they're perfectly hardy if a winter planting variety, and if you harden them off now they should be ok.
Thanks for your reply. Don't know if they are hard or soft neck variety, but they've been in the greenhouse since November time & have started to shoot. I don't think I can keep them in modules for much longer, as they have a really good, strong root system! (Perhaps I should just put them out in the ground & hope for the best)?
Hi nikki, yes, if you have somewhere which isn't waterlogged (does anyone?!) I would get them out now. They need a bit of cold to trigger the bulb to split into cloves. If they don't get that they might just grow into larger single bulbs - still useable in the kitchen but not ideal. Given the weather, putting them under open-ended cloches for a while might be a good idea to keep the worst of the rain off.
Many thanks Bob. Will put them under a cloche for a while - though my garden isn't too waterlogged. The soil drains really well. Appreciate the advice.