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Garlic!
Thu 18-Mar-10
2:37 pm
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sidriss

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Hiya,

Tis the nervous newbie here! Thank you for all the lovely comments at my introduction, it was very nice to know how friendly people are here :).

One of the cloves of a shop bought Garlic bulb has grown a green sprout from the top (It had got lost at the back of the fridge!). Would I be able to plant it in a pot and try to grow a bulb at all or is it destined for the bin/Compost heap, I'm assuming it would be a bad plan to use it in a dish at this point.

I also had a mini birthday present (It's the 19th March 🙂 ) from my dad of a packet of red onion seed and baby carrot seed. I will pot these up and hope for the best, hopefully I will get some seedlings from them and I'll keep you posted as to my first seed growing foray. I'm actually quite excited about this!

Thanks to all,

Sidriss

Thu 18-Mar-10
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I hope you are less nervous now?  As to the garlic, I put some similar in my little plot and three years later it is still trying to grow.  I have it in the back of my mind that those from supermarkets are treated with growth inhibitors, but I'm sure someone here will be able to confirm that, or otherwise.  You could also try to root it first by putting it in an egg cup with some water and then potting it up after roots have emerged.  Even if it doesn't produce any more cloves you will be able to watch its progress.

We'll look forward to the progress reports on your onions and carrots tooCheers


Oh, Happy Birthday for tomorrow!

I'll try that again!

Thu 18-Mar-10
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jackie d
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Supermarket garlic has usually been imported from a hot country such as spain and needs a hot climate to grow well. You can buy garlic that can grow well in this country, I visited the Garlic Farm in the Isle of Wight last year and bought some solent wight cloves, and elephant garlic cloves. I planted them in autumn and they are growing well. The Garlic Farm will post to the main land.

Thu 18-Mar-10
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Toffeeapple
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Hello and welcome Jackie d!  


Thanks for your input, I'd love to go to the IoW garlic farm, having seen it on TV. They grow quite a wide variety of garlic don't they?

I'll try that again!

Thu 18-Mar-10
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They have lots of types of garlic, and garlic based chutneys and things but it was so busy when I went that I didn't stay to look around!

Fri 19-Mar-10
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Hi sidriss, First may I say to you happy birthday for today. 

As for the garlic, yes you can plant it now and it will do quite well, but it really needs a long growing period, as jackie d has said the best way to grow garlic is to plant it in the autumn the same time for the onions and shallots, they all over winter well, even in this bad winter, they like a cold period.

Good luck with the onion seeds, have never grown them from seed, I use sets (small onions) so would like to know how they do, as for the carrots they should do fine, I even over winter some in tubs for a very early crop in the spring.

Fri 19-Mar-10
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SIDRISS

Best wishes for a happy day

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Fri 19-Mar-10
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Oo, you got your crayons out again, well done!

I'll try that again!

Fri 19-Mar-10
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Happy Birthday Sidriss.  Hope you are having an excellent day   Big_Hug  Champagne

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Fri 19-Mar-10
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Happy Birthday Sidriss I have planted some organic shop bought garlic as well as the planting one so i will see which are best lol

Fri 19-Mar-10
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I planted my garlic in autumn here and the long green shoots have overwintered very well despite snow.  I understood as has been said previously, that it takes ages to fully grow, but it would proabably be worht a try

Sun 21-Mar-10
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Nice one, Sidriss, and good luck with the garlic experiment. Like Jackie D said, The Isle of Wight garlic people are good for UK garlic bulbs. We came across their stand in London's Borough Market three years ago and Fiona buys some by mail order every year.

I know that is miles from your original question and your fun experiment but just adding my 0.02

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Thu 1-Apr-10
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Jack
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Gidday

Yep Sidriss, you should be able to have a go at growing that garlic.   Garlic does need a long time but I gather you will be spring planting so you should be able to get about 6 months so should be O.K.

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