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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:43 am    Post subject: planting garlic Reply with quote

can anyone tell me if its to early for me to plant my garlic cloves
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit early alright.
See this here........ Garlic growing discussion on the Irish gardeners forum.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

garlic should be planted in March or April. It is far too late to plant now so wait till next year and start on time.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been self-sufficient in garlic for some years now - and I eat a lot of it! As a matter of fact, I lifted my garlic today, and the crop was fabulous. I tied up the bulbs, in bunches of a dozen, to the greenhouse rafters; I'll plait them when they're saved. I always try to start off the cloves in late September in modules, and then plant out in October or November, and it works well for me. The secret is: early planting (well before Christmas) and rich ground. I mulch the bed heavily with garden compost before planting, then mulch again with grass clippings in April/May. No need for chemicals of any kind! April is too late to plant garlic - it won't get the frost neccessary to split the bulbs into cloves - you just end up with one big round clove.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How to Grow Garlic in Your Home Garden Successfully
http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/about240.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

michael brenock wrote:
garlic should be planted in March or April. It is far too late to plant now so wait till next year and start on time.
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Do you not agree with the idea that garlic cloves need a period of cold to multiply michael? Its alway autumn planting for me as well.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a March planter, never had problems with multiplying. I've actually planted in late April, cloves haven't been so big, but multiplying took place.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for all your reply im going to go both ways and get some started in Sept / Oct and put some more in March / April
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