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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:

  • Musik
  • German White
  • Ukrainian Red
  • Metechi
  • Susanville
  • Ches Red
  • German Extra Hardy

6 Comments

  1. […] later in spring when the risk of freezing in shipping is past and soil has begun to warm. As well, the garlic I planted last fall, continues to do just fine, despite the snow, so I have that to look forward to as well. My […]

  2. […] was last October, shortly before Halloween 2008, that I planted my garlic, and it still isn’t ready yet. Many readers have written in to ask how to know when garlic is […]

  3. Kerry says:

    Great post. I’ve never grown garlic so am really excited about growing it in pots. I actually want the scapes as much as I want the cloves. I tried garlic scape pesto this year and now I’m hooked.

  4. rhaglund says:

    Good luck Kerry. Garlic is so easy to grow and so rewarding. I have several cured braids in my basement cellar harvested from last year’s planting. FYI: don’t count on a label in the pot to make it through winter. I failed miserably in that regard and vow to keep better records this year. I do know that the only garlic that failed completely was the one elephant clove I tried.

    Have fun!

  5. […] was last October, shortly before Halloween 2008, that I planted my garlic, and it still isn’t ready yet. Many readers have written in to ask how to know when garlic is […]

  6. […] later in spring when the risk of freezing in shipping is past and soil has begun to warm. As well, the garlic I planted last fall, continues to do just fine, despite the snow, so I have that to look forward to as well. My […]

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