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can i transplant garlic now? Late April / Early May


 
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Erica cinerea
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:40 pm    Post subject: can i transplant garlic now? Late April / Early May Reply with quote

hi there,
i'm new to the forum and i promise a profile soon! but meanwhile, might i ask a question? i planted garlic in november and it has done fine over the winter. i'm reorganising my (very small) veg patch into raised beds and wondered if it would be okay to transplant the garlic? or should i leave it alone until i harvest it in july?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd leave it unless you can take an absolute whopper piece of soil with, leaving the garlic unawares as to the movement. Then there is the problem of creating a whopper hole to put the whopper piece of soil into. Smile
I usually plant my garlic in November so moving it two months shy of harvesting would cause a real check in growth for me.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was afraid of that! thanks for the advice, i'll leave it where it is and look forward to fresh (and undisturbed) garlic mid-summer.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking of planting some garlic among my roses and other flowers, as I hear its presence discourages aphids. Iwas going to just plant some cloves from vegetable shop garlic. Would these grow at this time of year, or do you think it would it be a waste of time? I noticed you both mentioned planting yours in November.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

danmac wrote:
I was thinking of planting some garlic among my roses and other flowers, as I hear its presence discourages aphids. Iwas going to just plant some cloves from vegetable shop garlic. Would these grow at this time of year, or do you think it would it be a waste of time? I noticed you both mentioned planting yours in November.


It will deter greenfly like most oniony type things do. Planting some cloves from vegetable shop garlic will be ok, it will grow, but it will not grow correctly. They are usually planted in autumn as the bulbs need the cold of the winter to encourage them to split into new garlic bulbs. With late planted garlic you'll probably find that you'll get one large bulb, instead of many split bulbs.
It wont be as usable in the kitchen but it should still scare the greenfly.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks BlackBird. Glad to hear it will still serve the more important purpose of pest prevention then. I am not a big fan of garlic as a food anyway, it's a bit too pungent for my liking. Perhaps I am part greenfly..... Smile
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