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Title: Growing early garlic
Post by: bishoa01 on June 16, 2021, 11:34
Hello All
Ian new to any type of gardening and hoping you can help me
I planted early garlic in March due to be cultivated in early June but the bulbs have not filled out
I have loads of green tops but no bulbs photos below any advice will be appreciated
Title: Re: Growing early garlic
Post by: New shoot on June 16, 2021, 12:08
Hi and welcome to the forum  :)

I think the garlic just needs more time to grow.  It was a cold spring, so that will have slowed it down.  The times things take are always a bit of 'how long is a piece of string' situation.

In ideal conditions, they might take the time indicated on the pack, but too cold, too dry, too wet, too little sun - all these things can add extra weeks to that.
Title: Re: Growing early garlic
Post by: Hampshire Hog on June 16, 2021, 17:27
I find that garlic does best if you plant it around October time for a harvest in the following July. Theory is that the cold snap over the winter helps it grow and eventually split. For the ones you have at present just let them grow till they start to die back. Hopefully larger than they are now. Donít worry about this year itís an odd one! HH
Title: Re: Growing early garlic
Post by: Yorkie on June 16, 2021, 18:42
I find that garlic does best if you plant it around October time for a harvest in the following July. Theory is that the cold snap over the winter helps it grow and eventually split. For the ones you have at present just let them grow till they start to die back. Hopefully larger than they are now. Donít worry about this year itís an odd one! HH

Just to highlight that there are in fact spring planting varieties, for which this is far less important.  It sounds as though bishoa01 probably planted one of these varieties
Title: Re: Growing early garlic
Post by: Plot 1 Problems on June 16, 2021, 20:17
My Spring planted ones came out the same too, the weather has just been all wrong this year for Spring sown garlic. Back to Autumn sowings for me!
Title: Re: Growing early garlic
Post by: JayG on June 17, 2021, 16:00
I usually plant my hardneck garlic in the last week of February, and it's usually ready by the middle of July.
Due mainly to the weather, I was 2 weeks late planting them this year, although it looks as if they still may be ready by the middle of July.
A clue is the production of scapes - my bulbs are usually ready about a fortnight after these have appeared (and been snipped off and eaten!)
That tip doesn't apply to softneck varieties though, almost none of which ever produce scapes.

The OP's garlic still looks very green and therefore not ready for harvesting - although garlic foliage doesn't turn brown and tend to collapse in the way that onion and shallot foliage does, by the time the foliage is looking a bit brown and generally knackered, you can safely assume the bulbs won't significantly increase in size so can be lifted, dried and stored (if you leave them too long the individual cloves could start sprouting - disaster!)
Title: Re: Growing early garlic
Post by: jambop on June 17, 2021, 17:45
I find that garlic does best if you plant it around October time for a harvest in the following July. Theory is that the cold snap over the winter helps it grow and eventually split. For the ones you have at present just let them grow till they start to die back. Hopefully larger than they are now. Donít worry about this year itís an odd one! HH

I go along with that the draw back as far as I am concerned is rust. If I was growing under cover I would defo plant out in the autumn .
Title: Re: Growing early garlic
Post by: coldandwindy on June 18, 2021, 08:16
Hello All
Ian new to any type of gardening and hoping you can help me
I planted early garlic in March due to be cultivated in early June but the bulbs have not filled out
I have loads of green tops but no bulbs photos below any advice will be appreciated
If the tops are still green its not as big as it could get. Crop it when the tops start to yellow (& how long that is will vary each year).