Post by Wheelgarden on Oct 24, 2020 21:29:58 GMT -5
Got 76 in this year, and twelve softnecks have already popped up. Planted up from 50 last year---we didn't quite have enough for the cooking and my nibbling to last til this June's harvest. Therefore, more.
Seventy-six planted cloves led the big parade Bunches of bulbs left for the kitchen, close at hand They're accompanied by greens in rows of the finest virtuo-so's --- Another gift of this little piece of land!
"Adopt the pace of Nature: Her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Post by desertwoman on Oct 24, 2020 22:08:15 GMT -5
pondgardener I'm pretty sure I will be fine. Garlic is tough. Ordinarily I wouldn't give it any thought. We get single digit nights off and on through the winter. The reason I was concerned is that it is getting so cold just a couple of days after I planted.- this is a first. But if garlic is as tough as I've always said it is, then it will do fine. Like you said...we will know for sure in the spring!!
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Post by pepperhead212 on Nov 7, 2020 17:54:44 GMT -5
I got all of my garlic separated, and counted out, and it will be soaking overnight in a solution of kelp and potassium bicarbonate, then tomorrow, I'll rinse them briefly in 50% isopropyl alcohol, and plant.
I have 32 huge cloves of German Extra Hardy from a pound of seed garlic, and the same number of cloves almost as large, from just under a pound of Estonian Red, using my largest heads. Then 60 cloves of Metechi from a pound of seed garlic - still large cloves, just not huge like those other two. And I have 33 cloves of Montana Giant, from a little over a pound, from last season. Any extra area I have will get planted with shallots. And maybe some elsewhere, too
oh to be young again...but not too young just enough to have no aches and pains.
I hear ya. I'd like my hair back too. Where it belongs. Not sprouting in weird places like my out of control eyebrows!
I just planted garlic today. Usually get it in earlier but I've read too early isn't good so we shall see. Not sure what I plant. I've got some that puts on the little white bulbils like grains of rice, some that put on small purple & some with large purple bulbils. Also planted some cloves from the same plants & have saved large cloves from a bag I bought to use a wally world so I'll see if it will grow for me.
Post by pepperhead212 on Nov 8, 2020 18:38:57 GMT -5
Garlic and shallots are in! I did 3 rows in the wide row that my squash was in, and that my rosemary and sage are in - a row I haven't grown garlic or any alliums in for at least 8 years. The rows are about 10" apart, garlic 5" apart, and the shallots 9" apart for the large, 6" for the small. I had 32 shallots to plant, and a little more space than I needed, which I why I spaced the larger further apart, than usual. I dumped some ground up leaves in them - I'll let them settle, and put some more in later on, or some straw. The finished 3 rows of garlic and shallots, mulched with leaves, same row the squash was in. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
It's funny how large those metechi cloves were, yet they were my small cloves! There were a few average sized cloves, but most were what I would consider 2 cloves, when cooking. Those German Extra Hardy Porcelain and Estonian Reds were so large that I consider that size 3-4 cloves. That's why I like these kinds so much. The small metechi cloves! In a 10 x 13 inch tray, for reference. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Dec 11, 2020 22:50:21 GMT -5
While out doing some things, and enjoying the weather today, I noticed that a lot of my garlic had popped up. All of my Estonian Red garlic sprouted already, and about 2/3 of the Montana Giant are just showing. Only a couple of the Extra Hardy German Porcelain popped up, and none of the Metechi is up - no big deal, but it does seem that those that do sprout in the fall, get larger. Estonian Red, every clove sprouted by 12-11-20 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by gardendmpls on Dec 12, 2020 22:58:15 GMT -5
Should check mine. See the squirrels digging them up and then have to replant the ones they leave lying around. Guess they are hoping for a better flavor when they dig. If I find too many missing next spring, I will have to go from border edging, which makes it easier to plant other stuff in the spring, to planting in a bed and covering with chicken wire. I plant several hundred cloves so that would take away a lot of space.
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Thanks for the reminder to check on my garlic. Like Mumsey, the garlic is mulched with bags and bags of leaves that will mostly decompose by harvest time. With our fluctuating temps in November and December, I'm amazed that nothing has sprouted yet.
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I keep adding straw to the garlic tending to peek out... Not cold enough around here to stop growth...
gardendmpls...I was lucky to even get variety packs this year as I waited too long to order what I really wanted...and one of the varieties I received was a short storing variety... Earlier, you posted in another thread, pictures of less than perfect garlic cloves... Some of my garlic cloves looked exactly like that and I noticed the affected cloves were all from that short storing variety...The other long storing ones were all fine... I attributed it to that...
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