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Claire70



Joined: 22 Aug 2006
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:28 pm    Post subject: mysterious levitating garlic Reply with quote
    

Here's a puzzler...

I planted out my garlic cloves in a raised bed a month or so ago. The other week I noticed that several of the cloves were sitting on top of the soil - some in a more or less upright position, with their roots still just about in the soil, some toppled over, a single one an inch away from where it was originally but the rest in more or less the same place.

The only explanation I can think of is squirrels, but I had covered the bed with netting to keep the local cats off. I suppose if they were really clever they could have crawled underneath, as it wasn't fastened all the way round. But the cloves didn't seem to be nibbled, so why would they have bothered? (Unless they've eaten all the other cloves that I had presumed were still safely in the ground?! )

Any ideas? (It hasn't happened since, as far as I can tell)

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mice?

not french ones or they would have eaten the garlic instead of leaving it in situ

gil
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I find that happens, and with onion sets too. Always assumed that it was birds, and stop doing it after a while once the alliums take proper root.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

i vote for mice

dougal



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
i vote for mice

Majority for mice!

inishindie



Joined: 02 Dec 2007
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Location: Ireland
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:42 pm    Post subject: soil? Reply with quote
    

Hi

What is the soil like? I would go for pesky rodents too but I have had times when the bulbs of onions and garlic push themselves out of the ground. It seems strange but if the soil is compacted the roots still grow and force the bulb up.

Just a thought

Claire70



Joined: 22 Aug 2006
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Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks for the quick replies, everyone's obviously got nothing better to do on a wet sunday evening in December

Mice: have only ever seen one, once, a few months ago now, but not impossible, I suppose.

Soil: this raised bed only got filled this autumn, it's a bit of a mixture from all over the place: some of our horrid sandy garden soil, some left-overs from grobags, some compost.... Not particularly compacted, I don't think.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

mice dont like parrafin on planted things

Tay



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Perhaps moles could be the culprits? If there is no sign of their activity elsewhere on your plot, then mice are the other main option.

Sarah D



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mice unlikely, I bet it's blackbird/s.

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

didn't Cab have a problem with a fox doing just that to his garlic?

LynneA



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 07 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Always the possibility with the amount of rain we've had lately that the soil's been washed away. (Has happened to some bulbs I potted in loam based mixture)

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Blackbirds get my vote too.

Have the cloves developed any roots yet? They are certainly strong enough to push out of any soil.

Went



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
mice dont like parrafin on planted things


How is this applied or used ?

cinders



Joined: 04 Jun 2007
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Location: norfolk The daft old bat club
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 07 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

LynneA wrote:
Always the possibility with the amount of rain we've had lately that the soil's been washed away. (Has happened to some bulbs I potted in loam based mixture)



I think this is the case too,i have some allium bulbs pushed up,i think due to rain

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