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Talkback: How to harvest garlic

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:18

I think the shortest day tradition is for shallots or something else, certainly not for garlic.  Although I've been growing garlic for over 40 years I note it is still treated as an unusual crop in my 'Expert Book.'

Pull them as and when you need one for the kitchen, you don't have to wait until they are all harvested.

Tomato plants going yellow & dying

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:10

Did you delay feeding until the plants had visible small tomatoes or did you start feeding as soon as you planted them?

Garlic

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 12:07

I would just pull a garlic as and when you need one. 'Green' or new season garlic is delicious.

The remainder I would leave until the roots have let go and then lay the garlic out in the sun to dry off.  Like onions.

Potato flowers

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 00:16

I think it means No expert only has 20 plants so he must be sparing with them.  Quite right too; new potatoes are such a treat; every one of them to be savoured!

Potato flowers

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 19:02

The only possible downside to this is blight, if you live in a blighty area.  But it is definitely worth a go.

Do rose seeds really grow.......

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:16

Rose seeds can take over a year to germinate.  They may not come true to the parent.

Common Ash

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:13

Of all our native trees the ash is the one most likely to 'drop' a branch.  In June the seeds would not be mature enough to sow anyway.  There will be plenty from the rest of the local trees in Autumn.  

Common Ash

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 11:43

Ash is so easy to grow from seed.  In fact too easy, it seeds everywhere.

I find it a bit difficult to envisage what you mean.  You say 'heavy branch' but you don't say how heavy.  Everybody has different ideas about sizes.  

Personally I would take a sycamore out of a hedge.  It is one tree I do not like!

Are we talking about a  hedge controlled and regularly trimmed, or a row of trees?

Garlic bulbs for winter or spring?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 00:37

Sorry to disagree, but I have never been convinced that frosts are needed to make the bulb separate into cloves.  Over the years I have planted garlic in Autumn, Winter and Spring.  They have been frozen and snowed on some years, but not in others. Makes absolutely no difference!

Garlic bulbs for winter or spring?

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 17:42

I think you might be best to give those garlic bulbs a miss and buy some in good condition for planting in Autumn.

Elephant garlic is not actually garlic, though it is treated much the same.

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