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Growing => Vegetables => Topic started by: Bert on April 24, 2014, 07:44:54 am

Title: More garlic ?
Post by: Bert on April 24, 2014, 07:44:54 am
Last week I was given 12 bulbs of garlic. All starting to sprout  :thumbsup: . I have planted them all and they are doing very well. Do you think the time they spent in the back of a chiller lorry will count as there cold spell? Or am I just growing leafy stuff?

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Post by: RUSTYME on April 24, 2014, 08:49:45 pm
I have planted them in May before and got bulbs with cloves , so anything can happen .
They may just not form cloves , but you should get , at worst , a garlic like a pickling onion , ie one big round clove .
Perfectly ok to use , it is still garlic , freshly lifted they can be eaten raw or roasted , or used as normal , they may not keep quite as long ?
They may form cloves but  be about half the size of a normal bulb .
Always worth a go though , even cloves that sprout in june , july etc can be put in pots or trays and just cut the growth like chives .
You don't get a bulb then though , just cut and use the top  growth , then bin them when they flag .
Title: Re: More garlic ?
Post by: Bert on April 25, 2014, 07:19:58 am
Thanks RUSTYME  :thumbsup: . That's really helpful to know.
Title: Re: More garlic ?
Post by: Somewhere_by_the_river on April 25, 2014, 10:50:09 am
Rustyme has it right. You get better garlic (on the whole) from autumn planted cloves, but there's no harm in giving it a go. I've planted garlic in spring before and got perfectly usable, albeit small, cloves. If it's sprouting it clearly wants a chance in the garden!