A Homemade Life
Welcome to Homemade Life.

To take full advantage of everything offered by our forum, please log in if you are already a member or join our community if not ....

Chilli-head
Who is online?
In total there is 1 user online :: 0 Registered, 0 Hidden and 1 Guest

None

Most users ever online was 62 on 10th April 2015, 8:24 am
Latest topics
» What are you harvesting today?
by Ploshkin Today at 2:26 pm

» Compost - question and answer thread
by Ploshkin 23rd May 2017, 10:59 pm

» The May garden - catch up time !
by FloBear 23rd May 2017, 4:36 pm

» What have I done in the workshop today?
by Ploshkin 20th May 2017, 6:55 pm

» National Mills weekend
by Chilli-head 9th May 2017, 10:33 am

» No-dig gardening & weed control
by Ploshkin 5th May 2017, 11:06 pm

» April - busiest month of the gardeners year ?
by freebird 29th April 2017, 5:34 pm

» Amazing Hotels
by Dandelion 17th April 2017, 3:49 pm

» The art of enough
by Dandelion 13th April 2017, 11:04 am

» The Repair Shop
by FloBear 6th April 2017, 9:10 am

» Knitting in the round
by Ploshkin 2nd April 2017, 6:12 pm

» Marching into the spring garden
by Chilli-head 30th March 2017, 8:22 pm

» Birdbox cam
by Chilli-head 15th March 2017, 4:04 pm

» This year's challenge
by Ploshkin 15th March 2017, 3:23 pm

» The Secrets of Your Food - Chillies !
by Chilli-head 11th March 2017, 8:52 pm

» Big Dreams Small Spaces
by Ploshkin 7th March 2017, 9:57 am

» Chair #3: The smoker's bow
by freebird 7th March 2017, 8:44 am

» First February sowings
by Dandelion 28th February 2017, 9:56 pm

» Seed swap anyone?
by Dandelion 28th February 2017, 9:49 pm

» Sweet Chilli Jelly
by Ploshkin 2nd February 2017, 9:39 am

Statistics
We have 630 registered users
The newest registered user is alexispau

Our users have posted a total of 44252 messages in 2301 subjects
HML on FaceBook
RSS feeds



Donate to our Charity
The Homemade life supports Kiva - microloans for people in developing countries working to change their lives.  These loans are repaid to our KIVA account, so your donation is used many times to help different people - literally the gift that keeps on giving..

Garlic help!

View previous topic View next topic Go down

default Garlic help!

Post by freebird on 11th September 2012, 11:42 pm

I really thought I had cracked garlic.

It's taken a couple of years to discover that planting garlic in the spring just doesn't work (so why does it say on some packs to plant it in the spring?). I found the plants made funny little round, single bulbs. Had some limited success with leaving them in the ground for another year, with one magnificent garlic bulb and a few rather small, but ok ones.

Then I found out about garlic needing to get cold. So last year I planted some in the autumn, and watched through this year with delight, as the leaves grew better than I had ever seen before. Once they started to yellow, I dug up the plants. Each planting looked as if it had made proper cloves, but the bulbs were disappointingly small. Ah well, I thought, they'll do. Put them in the shed to dry off, but I've now found that there is nothing inside the 'shape'. They haven't rotted as far as I can see, but there is no substance to any of the cloves.

Can any of you experienced garlic growers suggest where I might have gone wrong?
avatar
freebird

Posts : 1451
Join date : 2011-10-19
Age : 60
Location : South East England

Back to top Go down

default Re: Garlic help!

Post by Chilli-head on 12th September 2012, 9:27 am

I don't know if I count as "experienced", and I'm not sure what has gone wrong with your garlic, but I can tell you what I do.

I plant in early November, and have come to the conclusion that the Isle of Wight garlic farm varieties are the best way to go. They seem to be well selected for our climate, and produce better sized cloves than other types. I grew Iberian wight, Albigensian wight and Purple Moldovan this year. I like to plant a double row, with the coves staggered and 9" spacing each way. Normally sprinkle a little wood ash around them a few times during the year; whether this helps or is just habit, I can't be sure. I then follow Geoff Hamilton's advice to harvest when about 6 leaves have died back and shriveled. Usually I do an exploratory excavation or two around that stage (usually late June/July) to check that I have something respectable to dig up; leaving it too late seems to result in the outer wrapper splitting and rotting away, so that the cloves within are dirtier and fall apart - not a disaster, but not so neat. I then dry them is the sun (if available Rolling Eyes ), before trimming the roots, then either cutting the top back to a few inches, or plaiting (softnecks only, of course) if I'm feeling in the mood.

Soil seems to make a big difference for clove size; my heavy clay allotment usually grows good garlic, whereas the sandy garden plot produces small cloves. Whether it is water retention or nutrients that are the main factor I don't really know. This year has, of course, been a difficult one, and my garlic, though still quite useable, is not so large as normal.
avatar
Chilli-head
Admin and Boss man

Posts : 2256
Join date : 2010-02-23
Location : Bedfordshire

Back to top Go down

default Re: Garlic help!

Post by freebird on 12th September 2012, 12:29 pm

Thank you for that, CH. I will look out for some of those varieties and try again.
avatar
freebird

Posts : 1451
Join date : 2011-10-19
Age : 60
Location : South East England

Back to top Go down

default Re: Garlic help!

Post by Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum