I sowed cloves at the beginning of October. They have started to produce green shoots. I haven't tried this before and thought that early growth would be root only. Will I need to protect the shoots when the cold weather comes? Many thanks, Jon
No. Garlic is as tough as old boots!
It needs cold to help it develop into the seperate cloves.
The growth will be fine just do the usual - keep it weed free and don't disturb it
The shoots will survive under several inches of snow, hard to believe the first time grown but providing the plants have had chance to develop some roots underground when planted in autumn they romp away come spring.
I'm given to understand the plants need at least 30 days of frost to divide into cloves, me doesn't think that's consecutive days but I'm happy to be wrong.
Jon. I planted garlic for the first time on the 5th October and its shooting up! Hopefully the image above worked so you can see how much mine have grown.
Enjoy your garlic.