Garlic Starts – Ready, Set, Grow!October 27, 2008
Last weekend I got my garlic starts into the ground. Well, actually, I got them into large containers. I decided to grow them in containers because of my limited space and long time it takes them to make it to harvest. Basically, they’re planted in fall and harvested early summer. That’s a long growing season.
Yesterday, a week-to-the-day since I put the individual cloves in the containers, I checked their status. I cleared a bit of the soil away from the top of a couple of cloves and was thrilled to see they’ve put out about a 1/2 inch of roots already. I don’t usually go digging up things I just planted, but I had some concern that I’d planted these too deep. So, I pulled away a couple inches of the soil in each container and checked growth to insure the cloves hadn’t rotted over the first week in the soil. (If they had rotted, I still had time and garlic to replant.)
Whew, they’re growing strong. Here’s a list of a few of the varieties of hard and soft necks I planted:
- German White
- Ukrainian Red
- Ches Red
- German Extra Hardy