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Northern_Lad



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:23 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Supposed to be visiting the Gormleys on Crosby beach Saturday morning!


Take a towel.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Take some kind of survival gear. In fact, can you take my garlic and vernalise it whilst you're there?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Is it a particularly bracing beach then?

Chez



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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Put it this way - you know your constant battle with Jif to convince him that he doesn't want to go for a walk in the cold and wet? He'd love it.

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

*Adds thermal undies to packing list*

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i am pleased to be able to report that despite enough rain to make a duck swear i still have my 26 cloves of garlic alive and well in my veg plot.....

toggle



Joined: 30 Dec 2006
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Location: truro
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

my one and only attempt at garlic produced bulbs that were about an inch diameter.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 08 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So it's nearly time to pull my bulbs....

...but as ever the white rot seems to hit just before they're ready. There's also quite a bit of rust around.

Music produced large strong plants and is forming fine bulbs but I don't thisnk they'll be ready until first week of July.

Spanish ROja and German Red produced smaller plants but have been hit harder by the whie rot just before they're ready, I'm not sure how many if any I'll be able to save.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44283
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jun 25, 08 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Only planted music this year, looks good, loads of pesky scapes to snap off, some evidence of leek moth trying to attack it. Bulbs not as big as I anticipated but we got it in very late (december)

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 08 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's that time again!

I was impressed by my crop of music, despite the white rot losses I got a good crop to see me through to the spring.

Will probably try them again. Need to make space first.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 08 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

By the way the time to get them in is 22 September at 3.40pm. That's when the equinox is.

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 08 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Behemoth wrote:
By the way the time to get them in is 22 September at 3.40pm. That's when the equinox is.


Now thats peculiar. The old timers here swear blind by getting their garlic in not on the equinox but on the shortest day. Mind, they also insist on getting their spuds in on good friday, and that moves by a month or so...

You guys agree with late September planting? That does better than, say, December?

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 08 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bigger bulbs. Rule of thumb I've always gone by is in on the equinox and out on the longest day. They get a head start before Christmas.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 08 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I may as well give that a bash this year then. I can just see the old timers walking past, disapprovingly sucking air in through their teeth as they go

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 08 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the tradition stems from the continent of getting them in before the first winter frosts freeze the ground. My thinking is that it's winter hardy and will come up when the conditions are right for it, rather than wait for me to get round to it sometime in the rush of Christmas, when i wont do it.

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