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Garlic planting in march

Good morning all. 

Firstly Id like to say hello. I am new to gardening so please excuse any questions that may seem very naive.

In March I was given some garlic to plant outside, which I did so.  They seem to be coming through nicely BUT I am not sure what it is at the base of the plant, if it needs covering some more with soil or if it's okay as it is.

Please see attached image.

Thank you in advance.


  • WhiterotWhiterot Posts: 39
    Welcome to the site. Your garlic looks ok to me just let it grow don't be tempted to add more soil I would when it gets a bit bigger fork in some sulphate of potash or if you cannot get that I would fork in some blood fish and bone. On the downside and please don't take this as a criticism I have never found that spring planting garlic make anything like the autumn planting varieties in terms of size or quality. Having said that nothing ventured nothing gained. I would try setting autumn planting varieties next time although the seed companies are rather expensive. If you are successful then you can save some of your own garlic for the following year to set. Remember the bigger the clove the bigger the garlic. I set 200 plus garlic the last week of October including 60 odd Elephant garlic
  • Firstly let me thank you for replying to me. 

    I started recently gardening to help with some personal pressures,  I always wanted to do it but never did and now I decided to start. 

    So far I love it BUT I have so many questions.  I want to teach my children to be heavily involved and before I do this, I need to have some knowledge myself.

    I feel bad that at this moment in time I cannot give much back to the forum..

    Do you think its still okay for me to ask all things I have in here?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,107
    Of course @Lincs-Newbie 😊 
    everyone is welcome … you don’t have to make a commitment here 😊. Without folk like you asking questions how would folk like us who have a bit more time on our hands fill our days? 😂 

    Ask away … and we’ll do our best to help you and your family enjoy your garden … no pressure ☕️ 🍪 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thats very nice of you to say.

    Is it best practice for me to start a new thread per question OR should I simply make one thread with some title like help needed.  And i post all in there.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,107
    edited April 2022
    A separate thread for each question is best. And an informative title so that potato growers spot the query about potatoes and onion growers spot the query about onions … you get the idea. Some of us are better at some things than others. 

    I’m fairly good at identifying weeds ‘cos I used to live on a farm and as a child I  helped to hoe weeds out of the sugar beet fields for my pocketmoney. 😊 I’m not foolproof tho’ … @nutcutlet is usually better than me. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thats very nice of you to say.

    Is it best practice for me to start a new thread per question OR should I simply make one thread with some title like help needed.  And i post all in there.

    Try not to create pressure on yourself regarding not knowing everything. 
    It would be good for you to show your children that even Mum doesn't know everything, that you are learning a new skill and that it is perfectly OK to ask others for advice.
    Many of us who contribute to the forums have been gardening for many years so our knowledge is an accumulation of years of trial and error, often many errors and mistakes.
    The world does not come to an end if we do something wrong, plants are amazingly resilient and the joy experienced when something goes right and we are rewarded with a gorgeous flower or tasty vegetable is wonderful.
    Hopefully gardening will prove to be a great solace to you in many different ways, from being a weather expert to bug lover to grower, to chef. 
    Keep asking questions and do not worry if you see us arguing with each other over how to solve one of your questions. There are many ways to skin a cat as the saying goes.
    Good luck and enjoy.

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 9,605
    Ask away!
    And depending on the ages of your children it's also good to teach them how to research and find things out rather than expecting Mum or Dad to have all the answers.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Good morning All.

    Thank you so much,  you are all so kind. 

    I have a feeling I am really going to enjoy it around here. 

    Wish you all all a lovely and positive week ahead.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,974
    As @Joyce Goldenlily says - many of us have been doing this a while, and we learn by mistakes [hopefully!] but we were all novices at one point. The beauty of the forum is that there's loads of info and experience at our fingertips, and that makes it easier  :)

    If you want your kids involved, it's often a good idea to give them a little patch they can mess about with themselves too. Even if it is - just making a mess  :)

    Many people here have had difficulties to overcome, and being in the garden is a good way of helping with that - even when the weeds annoy us intensely, or something decides it isn't going to grow no matter what we do  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • BigladBiglad Posts: 3,039
    A new thread for each topic/question is definitely best @Lincs-Newbie. If you don't get any answers initially, don't be afraid to add another comment as this will bump it to the top of the list. Some folk may have missed it first time round.

    There's also a couple of chatty groups who post on the Resurrected and Hello Forkers threads. Join in one of those if you fancy. Or just follow the mundane day-to-day adventures of other forum members. You'll soon feel right at home :)
    East Lancs
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