Garlic - can I grow in pots?

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Helen_uk

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Garlic - can I grow in pots?
« on: January 08, 2009, 14:46 »
We only got out Allotment in November and havent got around to turning the soil or preparing the ground yet  :(

From my now fairly extensive reading I know it is about the right time to plant Garlic.

Is it possible for me to start them off in pots in the garage and then when we get a shed and the lottie set up plant them out?

I got a load of pots off Freecycle last night so am keen to get them all filled!!

Thanks,

Helen. :D
I'm a vegetable virgin! All advice offered very welcome!!

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Alex 98

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« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 15:17 »
I don't think garlic transplants well
I'd wait until early spring, if you plant now the bulbs will just sit in cold wet soil until spring anyway and some may rot off
They need a rich soil, some dig in well rotted muck now
Garlic grows best in the UK by being planted in the autumn when the earth is warm.

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« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 15:21 »
I gew garlic in 3" pots the year before last, transplanted them around 2 months later. The crop was good.
I did stick them in pots a bit earlier tho, around november time.

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009, 16:11 »
On advice of the our site Yoda ,I have planted some garlic into 3 ins pots. Some already showing tips after 1 month sited in a cold poly tunnel.
Last years crop were small in bulb size so I have nothing to lose !. Will try some the normal way and publish the results.

Regards Wardy

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mashauk

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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2009, 17:35 »
I've grown garlic in 9" pots in the back garden before I had a lottie, they grew and thrived but were never as big as the ones from the lottie.

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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009, 18:43 »
I've planted mine in an 18 in x 6ft raised flower bed in the garden. I got 2 bulbs, one I've planted, the other I will look to plant in April when i've dug some of the garden over, I've seconded an area of the garden 5m x 5m next to the greenhouse in lieu of an allotment plot.

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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 19:39 »
Some of mine I managed to get in the ground before it froze over, others I have planted in Richey's paper pots, ready to go in pot and all when the ground thaws out again.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009, 23:54 »
You've nothing to lose by planting them in pots for now then planting them out later. Garlic needs time for the roots to develop so this should help. If nothing else, at harvest time you'd still have a good, healthy single garlic clove ready to replant in the fall (rather than a head of garlic). All gardening is a learning process.



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