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im planning on planting my garlic this week, any advice would be welcome 

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  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,800

    Reasonably free draining soil, break up the bulbs into individual cloves, only plant the fat ones, plant each clove pointy end up - a stretched hand width spacing between cloves. They don't seem too fussed on depth but I put mine in so they have roughly their own height in soil depth above them.  Keep the weeds down. There's not much more to it, really. image

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  • mines been in since late October and is already 6 inches tall ready to ride out the winter.

    the problem garlic has is it can rot before it roots, so I start mine in small 8cm pots in the greenhouse and plant out once the roots are showing through the bottom. (making sure to pick a day when frost isn't going to be happening for a couple of days to get them settled in).

  • treehugger80 says:

    mines been in since late October and is already 6 inches tall ready to ride out the winter.

    the problem garlic has is it can rot before it roots, so I start mine in small 8cm pots in the greenhouse and plant out once the roots are showing through the bottom. (making sure to pick a day when frost isn't going to be happening for a couple of days to get them settled in).

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     Would you recommend starting in my greenhouse then? May take a couple of months to be ready for allotment 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 4,800

    You can do if you don't have anywhere suitable but it does resent root disturbance so I wouldn't chose to do that unless you need to. It will stand the cold, it just doesn't cope well with sitting in heavy wet soil - hence my 'reasonably free draining' comment above. I've always sown mine direct, usually about 12 cloves each of two different types. In mild wet winters (2013/14, comes to mind - I don't think we had a single day when it didn't rain that winter nor any frost at all) I have lost maybe 2 or 3 out of 24. But in a 'normal' winter they've all come up fine.

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  • Straight in the soil it is then cheers 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Bencurto; you want fertile (well fed with compost / manure) and well draining. This means the water doesn't sit in the soil for days on end as garlic seem to  rot easily. I found building a trench by my garlic to aid drainage helps if the soil is very wet.

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