The local garden centre says ...

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Christine

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The local garden centre says ...
« on: October 27, 2010, 08:49 »
... that the standard of their garlic supplies has been a bit hit and miss this year and last year (some of it is on the borderline of rotting/rotten) and that elephant garlic is hard to come by for autumn planting.

Comments? Does this relate to anyone else's experience in buying this year?

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Salmo

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2010, 09:46 »
At least they are honest and do not put it on sale.

Plenty of good garlic around here. Try another garden centre or go on line.

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2010, 09:53 »
I had no problem getting decent garlic online.

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2010, 11:20 »
Our allotment shop is still waiting  - the notice board has said soon for past weeks some have bought on line instead.

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010, 16:31 »
Bought mine at the Pound shop. Went to our allotment shop they didn't have any garlic or early onions. The shop is now closed for winter!!! :ohmy:
It all depends what you put into the ground, to what you get out

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2010, 16:59 »
I've ordered mine through my allotment shop along with my seeds, but haven't seen any as yet.  I'm not too bothered because I give myself until end of December to get garlic in, and I'm still ploughing through my garlic from this year's harvest anyway :D
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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2010, 17:01 »
I can recommend http://www.reallygarlicky.co.uk/garlic their garlic has really big cloves which are easier to peel. I found that I often ended up with small cloves which were a pain to then peel. The only downside is you dont get many to a bulb so might need more bulbs to fill your row.

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2010, 13:17 »
I bought a pack containing one garlic bulb a few weeks ago and had to take it back for a replacement - it was mushy and rotten on the inside.

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2010, 16:31 »
I have always managed to buy good garlic bulbs from Dobies.
If I can grow things in Shetland, then you can certainly grow things where you are!

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Christine

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2010, 16:35 »
Mixed messages then. Some allotment societies not supplying. A lot of good on-line. But if I live within walking distance of a garden centre, my logic is that I shouldn't have to go chasing round on-line and have to pay postage. As well as waiting in for delivery. Well not for common things like garlic anyway.

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2010, 16:43 »
Chritine - I agree. Support your local shop or loose them, trouble is I could only get elephant garlic here, tried three local centres in the end I have to go to Dobies. But theirs came fast and was good qual.

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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2010, 17:22 »
I went to my preferred local shop on a Monday @ the beginning of October and they had sold out over the weekend!  I thought I was early!   :ohmy:  The GC had the remains of a basket of bulbs, most of which weren't thrilling.  I bought one and reluctantly used home grown for the rest of the row.  No more now, not even for ready money.  ;)  Reluctant to use my home grown because they weren't great this year - but I hope that is just cos they didnt get enough rain in May. 
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Re: The local garden centre says ...
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2010, 18:24 »
i've seen some really mixed stuff from the garden centres in the last couple of years. I was at  bit of a loss as to where to go to get it for this year, but the allotment shop came through with some cracking looking bulbs early in october.



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