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Garlic help please.

Last post 19-08-2013 9:36 AM by Twanger. 4 replies.

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  • 13/08/2013 07:12 PM
    • Clematis
    • Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
    • 30 Jun 2008
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    This year I decided to grow garlic by starting it off in the greenhouse and keeping it there till all frosts and wet had gone. I put them in various sized pots (9" pots)and big rectangular tubs (8" x 18" approx and about 9 - 12" at least deep). I've done fine with my elephant garlic but the other types have hardly grown at all. The bulbs are still really small and hardly bigger than a spring onion in size. Is there anything I can do to get them to a better size or what can I do in future to get good garlic? It's always very wet in winter here and I'd tried growing them outside in the past with no success, which is why I decided to try starting them off in the greenhouse but although my onions are growing (a bit small but perfectly formed and taste fine) I'm at a loss with the garlic. Any suggestions gratefully accepted...

  • 13/08/2013 10:36 PM
    • Phot's-Moll
    • The sunny South coast.
    • 06 Jan 2007
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    I've read that they need the cold to get them going - perhaps that's part of the problem?
  • 13/08/2013 10:43 PM
    • London
    • 12 Aug 2012
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    Garlic although part of the onion group has some differences.  Firstly. Do not plant on freshly manured soil.  As they are shallow rooting, don't plant too deep.  If overwintering stock.  A feed of a nitrogen based fertilizer will be beneficial.  Keep the growing area free from weeds.  If you grow several veggies, rotate the planting areas.

  • 13/08/2013 11:08 PM
    • Nigel
    • Paignton
    • 27 May 2008
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    I have grown garlic both in Essex and in Devon, I put it in in November as single cloves about 6" apart and 3" deep. I grow a variety bred in the Isle of Wight for UK conditions. I have tried growing continental varieties but these produce much smaller bulbs, but taste ok.

    I recall seeing Scottish garlic in a greengrocers a few years ago. You could try for some cloves to plant this autumn.


  • 19/08/2013 09:36 AM
    • Twanger
    • 25 Mar 2013
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     Clematis, is your soil quite acid? As well as a cool period, garlic likes a touch of lime in the soil. see

    - you can never have too much garlic!