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Garlic problems
Mon 16-Feb-15
7:31 am
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Jenny12
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Can anyone help, this year my garlic looked fine. I laid it on top of the soil in the sun for a week, then put it in the shed. A lot of the bulbs split open and most of the cloves are made up of several small cloves. A lot of the bulbs have also softened from the inside outwards so the bulbs are mushy. I have lost 3/4 of the crop so would like to get an answer before next season

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Mon 16-Feb-15
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wave Sorry Jenny.  I had no problems with my garlic last year.  I lifted them and hung them in the shed.  Hope someone will come up with a solution for you!  

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Mon 16-Feb-15
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Like Danuta, I waited till the tops bent over, lifted them, tied them in a long String, then hung them to really dry in the Sun. Never seen what you describe, maybe just a one off. It kind of seems the Damage was done before you lifted them.

Mon 16-Feb-15
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I also left mine until the tops died down, laid them in the sun, then in the shade, then in the shed. They certainly did not appear to be at all soft at the time but a lot of the bulbs were split. I do wonder now if it not hanging them could be the problem

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Tue 17-Feb-15
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I think it probably could, Jenny. x

Tue 17-Feb-15
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As the bulbs were split it could have been the growing conditions rather than storage problems.

Wed 18-Feb-15
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I did wonder that, we are having an exceptionally dry summer so as I am on tank water I have possibly been a bit too stingy with the hose. Luckily had a big storm a couple of weeks ago and the dam is full, so better luck next time

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Wed 18-Feb-15
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Ithink you could be right, Iris.

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