Advice on garlic.

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    I planted my garlic in autumn and it is growing, my question is how deep should the bulbs be?
     
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    If you split the bulb into individual cloves Odif and plant each clove about 2.5cm (1 inch) below the surface of the soil with the pointed end facing up (so that it sits just below the soil surface). Plant each one 10cm (4 inches) apart and in rows 30cm (12 inches) apart for the best results. Hope this helps.
     
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    I planted them like that last november, I just wondered if I should hill them up a bit or not? Someone told me to leave a few plants in the ground without harvesting and when you see the new growth, you can transplant them out, that way they get a good start because they already have roots. I tried planting some in February, but only one came up.
     
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    Would be good to add an inch or so of compost or leaf mold.
     
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    I have many healthy garlic plants. healthygarl.jpg
    Others, however, multi-garlic.jpg They are making lots of little garlics.

    cutgarl.jpg So I pulled one to see.

    babygarl.jpg There are lots of cute little babies.
    And no they were not from monsatan.
    Last year, I spread chicken manure and then planted potatoes. After I lifted the potatoes, I planted bush beans and they were magnificent and healthy and productive. After the beans, in November, I planted the garlic. I only planted the biggest cloves from the outermost ring.
     
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    That is handsome garlic! Good advice to plant only the largest cloves.
    Ours should be ready to harvest next month, but we planted a month earlier than you.
    Do you hang your garlic to dry?
     
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    Once the leaves yellow on the plant, I will pull them and hang them up to dry. My mother in law plants her garlic in late August, maybe I will try some this year. At first I was worried about the babies, but after pulling one, the main garlic looks fine, I think Iwill just wait and see and maybe plant the babies out. We have sandy soil and most others here do not grow good garlic every year.
     
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    Odif, we pull when the leaves yellow, also. I'm getting itchy fingers to pull a head or two, but I'll be good and wait for the foliage to ripen.
    Our garlic did okay for several years, but when we discovered the sandy soil in back of the barn (the area used to be part of the barn until wind and time collapsed the roof) where pigs were kept, we started to plant root crops there. Wow! The difference the soil made is amazing. We get lots of potatoes, turnips, carrots, onions, and of course garlic from that area. I even have a few sweet pepper plants and two cherry tomatoes growing back there.
    Isn't home-grown garlic just the best?
     
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    Odif your garlic looks great!
    I have a question ... when will the garlic look somewhat like this before drying?

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    Garlic Bulb ( photo / image / picture from KK Ng's Garden )

    Yes I'm very curious to see a fresh garlic bulb ... from 1 pip to so many in a bulb ... it's just amazing. :)
     
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    kk ng , I would suspect that in July, the garlic will be ready. so another 2 and a half months, we will see if it looks like the picture, but my garlic is weird in that it makes all the little babies outside the bulb.The fresh picked bulb is milder in flavour than a fully ripened garlic.
     
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    Thanks Odif. Looking forward to it. :)
     
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