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How to tell when Garlic is ready to harvest?

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 13:54

I planted the cloves last October, so they have been growing for about 10 months.. The green stalks/stems have now developed what look like swells or buds a few inches from the end of the stalks. I am guessing that these are flower buds, but as they are not on the very end of the stalks I can not be sure. Is this stage the time to harvest, and if not, how much longer do I need to wait?



Posted: 31/05/2014 at 14:08

Keith, at the moment I am trying a “garlic remedy” against aphids that I read about on the internet. I acknowledge that your aphid infestation is too great for you to contemplate spraying. However, the following may be ok once your ladybirds have got the problem under control. Also good for when it is not “ladybird season” 

It is also a method of aphid control that I shall use on my indoor plants. Being an ugly bloke, there is no woman around to complain about the garlic odour in the house. 

Method:One complete medium sized garlic bulb. Remove the skin/peel from all the cloves (segments), and chop them all up as if you were going to use them on a sandwich-so not too tiny. Put them in a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 6 or 7 minutes. Allow to cool. 

Using a 4 inch dia mesh sieve (40p from Wilkos) and a similar sized funnel, pour the cooled garlic liquid into a suitable container. Fill a spray container with the liquid when you are ready, and off you go

Note 1 Save the garlic pieces from the pan, and scatter around the base of plants that are worst affected.

Note 2: Aphids dislike being near Nasturiums or Chives. It is helpful to grow these in the vicinity of the aphid problem. (A spray made up from Nasturiums & chives may also prove beneficial). 


What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 16:33

Ok, I will try the pellets in a jar on it’s side. How does the beer trap work? Is it basically an "almost" empty beer can on it’s side , similar system to the pellets in a jar?



What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 13:14


Went in the garden after dark creeping along the border with a torch on two damp nights. (Normal behaviour for me according to the young woman who lives on her own next door).

Managed to find (mostly) slugs and one or two snails on both nights. I have since put down quite a few slug pellets. All may be ok now, but was also thinking of putting a line of salt along the edge of the border. Is this a good idea, in respect of that the salt will eventually enter the soil when I next dig the border over?

I`m not sure what effect salt has on plants, but I heard that where sand is concerned we should always use horticultural sand (as opposed to building sand) due to the salt content. Any thoughts?

What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 15:31

Thanks guys for the prompt replies. Torch ready! (Bird food in the morning)

What`s eating my marigolds?

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 12:42

Last week I put about 30 marigolds in a border along the lawn. Something has eaten 11 of them down to the stalk. The ones that are left appear to be all ok. I have inspected some of them with a magnifying glass and cannot see any insects on them.

Could the problem be mice, rats birds or something else?


Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 07/12/2013 at 11:10

WO: Yes, that is another method. I liked the idea of a kind of sealed unit (warmth wise), hence not cutting all the way through the bottle. In the daytime they stand on the window sill catching the light, and then back on top of the fire surround at dusk when the curtains are closed.

5” now! When they reach the top of the bottle I will cut the neck off (and cut the base out of another bottle) and slip a second bottle on top. LOL

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 19:57

Yes, they may become  "leggy" , but no great loss if they do-just something to experiment with during these short winter days.Either myself or Alex will post back with some photos and an update if the experiment is successful.

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 14:39

I was thinking of a way of how to “get ahead” with my attempt at growing a couple of sunflowers. After germinating a couple of seeds in tiny pots (covered with a plastic coin bag & rubber band until germination), I came up with the idea of a placing the pots inside a clear plastic bottle. The seedling in the photo is about 3” tall, so hopefully I have a bit of a start as we are only in December.

These bottles can be slit lengthways and used as horizontal propagators to start a quantity of seeds off early, and can sit on a window sill. Just slit down one side and along the base leaving one side intact to use as the hinge.

I don’t drink soft drinks, but simply bought a couple of bottles of 17p value range lemonade just for the bottles, available from most supermarkets. If you want to put the contents to good use, simply buy the coke and use it to get oil off the driveway apparently.

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How to tell when Garlic is ready to harvest?

Seeking advice about the right time to harvest. 
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What`s eating my marigolds?

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Bottle propagator (see photo).

DIY propagators-cheap & effective. 
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