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Comment by Lyn - Sydney on April 3, 2011 at 5:09am

Miko - try Farmers Markets etc on the veg stalls - so much cheaper than buying from the nurseries.    If your garlic bulbs were old stock from the nursery they can also fail to grow properly.

I went to a Plant Fair today in Yass and bought some normal size garlic - 6 bulbs which will split up into about 50 or so cloves that I will plant this week. They will be ready to harvest in late November/Early December.

Yes Karen - the lady at the stall said that early April (our start of Autumn) is the ideal time to plant garlic as it loves the cooler weather to get started.

Karen I know what you mean about the intense smell. My daughter has been eating garlic by the bucket load since she was tiny and we used to have to close her bedroom door at night as the smell from the garlic would permeate the whole house. She used to get me to mince the garlic and mash it up in with the potatoes.


Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on April 2, 2011 at 11:40pm
thanks Karen I think fall is our Autumn , when the leaves turn all colours, i will try to get elephant garlic! ring a nursery , thank you for that !
Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on April 2, 2011 at 11:11pm
OMG, Miko, I have no idea why your garlic lumped into a ball.  We need a botanist in here to give you an answer to that question.  I planted my garlic in the fall and don't know what happens if you plant it in the spring...maybe it needs the winter to rest before taking off again when warm weather comes?
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on April 2, 2011 at 7:31pm
Karen I do understand I use garlic too , one of the dishes is like you said but they added sliced cucumber and actually called it a soup but it is divine and I put either flat leaf parsley or chives in it, like you say to die for!but I need help with garlic growing , tried and it clumped in one ball, and yet I planted single segments!what went wrong?
Comment by Rosemary on April 2, 2011 at 7:17pm

Hi all.  I'm new here and see a lot of interesting parts to this site.

Years ago I gave up veggie gardening but am going to start again this year.  I was reading your garlic posts, does garlic have to be started in the fall?  I won't get anything if I start it in the spring, correct? 

I'm SO excited about gardening again.

Comment by Karen Clark z7b Pacific NW on April 2, 2011 at 6:18pm
In Iran they have this dish made with chopped minced garlic and yogert that is served with a lamb and eggplant dish that is to die for.  I once had to take a friend to the hospital after eating this and reeked so badly that someone in the waiting room commented about it.  Blush..blush  We garlic eaters have to be willing to offend every once in awhile.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on April 2, 2011 at 3:54pm

Agreed Michael.  I'm going to order some this fall.


Comment by Michael Lee on April 2, 2011 at 2:57pm
I became a co-op member of Seed Savers and was totally amazed at the breadth and diversity of their garlic selections.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on April 2, 2011 at 2:43pm
Nancy - it is preferable to grow your own garlic here, as most of the garlic sold in supermarkets is imported from China and in order for it to get into this country it has to have the centre removed (so we don't try to propagate it) and then they are bleached as well.  Whilst it is cheap to buy - it is also very poor quality, doesn't last long and tends to sprout or go rotten very quickly.  So many people now grow their own as it is one of those plants that you just throw in the garden and forget about. Yes I would like a whole bed of garlic, spring onions, and leeks as I use so many of them.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on April 2, 2011 at 2:04pm

Kimberley - I think roasted garlic of any description has to be my favorite!  I bought my Elephant Garlic at the Farmers Markets a couple of weeks back as it is organic.  I ended up with 6 large cloves of garlic to plant.

I also always plant the normal garlic all around the edges of my vegie beds, again from garlic bought at the markets - I try to save cloves from my garlic for replanting but we seem to always end up eating it all.


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