Are you planting garlic this year?


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Here in the UK, I planted some elephant garlic cloves back at the end of October.
They seem to be going well enough, as they are about 2 ft tall, although I have read that they sometimes do not split into cloves and just grow as a large ball, like an onion.

The ones I planted seemed to stop growing, though I am hoping they were just dormant. When I turned out the container they were planted in they looked like little pearl onions. Still, it's the farthest I've ever gotten. I've started new cloves, we'll see how it goes.
 
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The ones I planted seemed to stop growing, though I am hoping they were just dormant. When I turned out the container they were planted in they looked like little pearl onions. Still, it's the farthest I've ever gotten. I've started new cloves, we'll see how it goes.
What's winter like where you are, as I believe some varieties need plenty cold to "vernalise"?
 
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What's winter like where you are, as I believe some varieties need plenty cold to "vernalise"?

It's generally mild, though it's possible to see freezing temperatures overnight on occasion. I had the garlic in the fridge for a little over a month, then I started it indoors, then I set some of it outside. The stuff I set outdoors seems to have survived the best, but I think the winter was just too wet for it.
 

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Wish this forum had a place for location, being world wide it is hard to keep track of where everyone is at. Like ChanellG, I would imagine someplace hot like Texas, I used to live there, so know how it can be. I am southern Idaho, we have already had 99 F. Now it is back down in the 70's for a week or two. My garlic is 2 feet high and growing strong! I love it. Of course we have a long cold winter to counter that hot dry summer....
It sounds like you have the perfect garlic growing climate. Too much rain before harvesting as we can have here can cause the garlic to get stained and take on an odd aroma.
I gather your garlic would be close to harvesting. :)
 
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I will not be planting garlic this year. I'm not really a fan of garlic myself, it's nice in really small quantities but not enough for me to consider growing it myself. I know that my uncle tried growing them but had problems, I blame the climate for that.
 
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I just got the best surprise! One of the baby bulbs I replanted that I thought had gone dormant has just sprouted a new shoot! If I can keep it alive, I may just see a full grown bulb this year - which would be a HUGE accomplishment for me, lol. Fingers crossed that the other two will follow suit!
 
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we grow two varieties of garlic. Normally, October and November are garlic plantation season and February and March are the harvest period. Some we also plant garlic in the spring.
 
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I have about 6 cloves in the ground that were left-overs from the grocery store. The daytime temperature was in the low 60's when I planted them. I added a layer of dried leaves from around the yard to discourage nosy animals (they still dug up a couple) and to keep the ground moist. Today I put another 6 cloves in the ground. The temperature feels a bit chillier now but not a huge difference. The first six have grown to a size of maybe 7 inches. Next year, I plan on increasing the amount. I'm not sure how much you would need to grow to feed 6 people... I'd probably guess 9 or so cloves planted in the ground every couple of weeks might do it. Starting to put them in the ground in mid/late fall, you might be able to get 8 or more batches of cloves in the ground before the ground warms up. I think I'll try that out later this year. I just buy more garlic than I think I'll use at the store and use a few cloves for planting. I'm in a very mild climate so there's a lot of experimenting to do.
 
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Yep, got mine in late, just about Christmas, but they're doing ok :)
 

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Reckon we are.

They've not done bad for only being in 3 weeks :)
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I use grocery store garlic, but some is treated to stop it sprouting on the shelf so I buy the 'organic' ones, not a guarantee. Organic is a much misused word, but less likely to be chemically treated.
 
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I am thinking about planting garlic, but only a small amount, in a pot, on the windowsill. Everything I grow is in containers, even outdoors. I have sprouted garlic before, and placed it around roses, but never grown it for food use. Because I eat a lot of garlic I now want to try growing it, though from what I have read it takes a really long time to be able to harvest it.

Do either of you have any tips for successful growing?
Im I’m Uk and always plant it around October. Two reasons for this; firstly it needs cold weather to form cloves, if not you’ll get one large clove which is still edible but not convenient. Secondly, it give the garlic a really good start as soon as the weather warms up in spring. I buy three bulbs and harvest enough to last me well into summer .
 
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I completely forgot to do it this past fall. I made a note on the calendar for this year. I've always had luck with garlic when I did plant it
 
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