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rusticranger

  • Joined Feb 2013
  • West Sussex
Helping my Garlic?
« on: February 18, 2013, 08:37:02 pm »
I might be rushing things, but I was wondering if there are any ways to help my garlic shoot up, I was looking at getting these:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/280805330145?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

I only planted the cloves yesterday, should I just let them get on with it? What do you do?

Thanks!

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YorkshireLass

  • Joined Mar 2010
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013, 09:58:01 pm »
I never thought garlic needed help - I put mine out sometime around Christmas and then completely ignore it  :innocent:

MAK

  • Joined Nov 2011
  • Middle ish of France
    • Cadeaux de La forge
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 07:59:49 am »
I planted mine at the end of last year and now have lines of green shoots. I think that the consensus from previous threads was to plant in December. Some say plant on the shortest day to harvest on the longest. worth a try for next year maybe.
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deepinthewoods

  • Guest
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 09:23:20 am »
they do like a helping of wood ashes.

hughesy

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Anglesey
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2013, 10:49:56 am »
Planted ours in november and they are about 6 inches tall now. I don't think they need any help they're hardy and will be up in no time.

sabrina

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2013, 06:48:18 pm »
have not looked at mine since I planted last November. Better check tomorrow.

rusticranger

  • Joined Feb 2013
  • West Sussex
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2013, 05:14:24 pm »
I think I'll leave them be! I'm just too eager!  :)

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2013, 06:19:23 pm »
Ha - I bet you dig up your seeds to see if they've germinated  ;D   I do, so I understand why you want your garlic up.  As others have said, garlic is very hardy, in fact it needs some good cold weather to do well.  I have some which I planted in Dec which has shoots about 6" tall, but also some I planted just a couple of weeks ago.  The first lot will grow bigger cloves, but the recent stuff will produce a crop too.
Those plastic tunnel things can be helpful for other crops, but you can make them yourself for peanuts.
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rusticranger

  • Joined Feb 2013
  • West Sussex
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2013, 06:43:22 pm »
Digging up seeds to see if they've germinated.. great idea! haha!

I like the sound of making my own miniature poly-tunnels! How do you do yours?

 

suziequeue

  • Joined Feb 2010
  • Llanidloes; Powys
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2013, 09:53:07 pm »
I make mini tunnels by placing sticks of bamboo (so that about six inches stick up above ground) a meter apart and one metre lengths and then get 5ft lengths of hosing/tubing and placing thm over the canes then draping the mesh/poly over that and securing it at the ends with baler twine staked and a couple of rocks.


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sabrina

  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2013, 01:52:27 pm »
I have little green shoots, very pleased to see they are coming through

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2013, 02:31:01 pm »
Digging up seeds to see if they've germinated.. great idea! haha!

I like the sound of making my own miniature poly-tunnels! How do you do yours?

 

It's usually big seeds like broad beans I can't resist poking around at to see if they have germinated.  Seedlings coming through is the most exciting part of growing things for me.  I hate all that weeding afterwards  :garden:
 
I make mini-tunnels pretty much as suzieQ says.  The hoops will do for polythene, fleece, enviromesh and shading.  Geoff Hamilton, who was my hero, came up with it.  You can sometimes find the blue water pipe kicking about, or you could use the black sort, but it needs to be fairly rigid.  Another way is to stick short canes in the ground with tennis balls impaled on the top, then drape your polythene or fleece over that - works best as a brassica cage with fine mesh.  You can roll canes along the edges of the fabric then pin them down with little hoops made by bending old fence wire over a broom handle.
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Do something today that your future self will thank you for - plant a tree

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rusticranger

  • Joined Feb 2013
  • West Sussex
Re: Helping my Garlic?
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2013, 07:45:14 am »
Amazing. Loving the do it yourself ideas and know how! Thank you!

I have shoots coming up now so I can relax!!

 

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