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Garlic Planting

Hi All,

I sowed some garlic cloves in Dec 2013 in toilet rolls just to get them started as the ground where I am  was saturated then. Now in March and still too wet to plant them out (I think) and the roots are now popping out of the rolls.

What shall I do?

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  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Andrew, I can't see where you are located; if you are not in the far North or in a flooded area, I would plant them outside, or hedge your bets and plant some in large cheap plastic pots. Your local garden centre may have some 2nd hand that you could use.image

  • I'm near Preston, Lancashire.

    As the roots have now gone to the depth of the tube do I still bury the whole tube into the soil leaving the tip on the surface?

    Maybe put some compost underneath for drainage?

     

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Mine are out all year as they are hardy. Mine are in raised beds, so the ground is well draining. Can you improve drainage before planting?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,387

    Yes, bury the whole tube leaving the top of the soil at the same level.   Incorporate some grit to improve drainage - digging a trench alongside the veg patch will lower the water table in that area.  

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Can sharp sand be added for better drainage and can I use sharp sand bought from a builders supply

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,387

    I don't like using sharp sand for drainage - I've never found it effective - I prefer to use coarse grit. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Sorry to be a pain. Will coarse grit from a builders supply be OK?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,387
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • Ok,

    I planted them out today. I incorporated some compost and sat them on a raised ridge for drainage. The cage is necessary because my plot is on a farm and there are loads of rabbits

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  • Dovefromabove wrote (see)

    If you've a B&Q nearby http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-care-watering/compost-sand-bark/sand/Verve-Horticultural-Grit-11907577

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    Crumbs! As my plot is quite large and soggy at the moment I would need about 50 bags of that grit... Too expensive for me. I'll have to wait for warmer weather...

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