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Wingy



Joined: 05 Sep 2006
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Location: Fife, Scotland
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 07 9:14 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
I think I'm going to go for music from here:

http://www.reallygarlicky.co.uk/main.html

Huge cloves and a good keeper, good price too.



Thanks Tahir for that link. I had not heard of them before and that really is a terrific price for seed garlic. I've ordered 3kgs.

I get through a LOT of garlic in the course of a year. There was a time I used to grow 350+ bulbs each season but now its dwindled down to around 100. I used to get mine from the Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight, but that was before they had a website and when their garlic was resonably priced and you could buy it in bulk, cheaply. Not so now.

Wingy

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
Posts: 19023
Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 07 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As well as the Music I've ordered a few German Reds and Spanish Roja's from Dobies so we'll see how they compare.

Nanny



Joined: 17 Feb 2005
Posts: 4520
Location: carms in wales
PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 07 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:
Nanny wrote:
i hae never had much success with garlic because i plant it too late

if i put it in now or in the near future where does it come in my crop rotation?

do i put it in the bed that the peas, beans etc come out of, the one i am going to put my roots into next year?


Hullo Nanny

I know nooooothing (please insert your best Manuel accent there) but we just make a reasonable attempt to avoid following with anything too similar - this year the brassicas (purple sprouting broccol, seakale, brussels, kale and cabbages) are following the garlic and overwintering onion patch but without looking it up I can't remember what was there before except that it definitely wasn't the alliums. The brassicas are looking happy enough.

This site http://www.organicgarden.org.uk/starthere/rotation.htm suggests (I fink) you might want to follow it with your roots, which seems perfectly reasonable unless someone else comes along with better advice.

Whichever direction you go we have certainly had better results with autumn plantings, but are on exceptionally good (read: dust as soon as the clouds move by) drainage!

Behemoth wrote:
Looking for Californian Late - any body?


Just cleared out last year's catalogues and a rogue leaflet from Dobies had this in, perhaps worth giving them a ring in case they can help...


that sounds right to me...i have had peas and beans in the bed this year and next year will be my roots and onions etc so will put the garlic in there as soon as i give the goats the pea vines...i shall find a bit of sand to put in the holes as i plant the cloves and hope for the best....rain is a bit of a lottery everywhere now.....wasn't supposd to be raining here till wednesday but it was raining just now when i let the dogs out....

my savoys are looking good i must say despite slugs and cabbage butterfly...

excelsior as they say..................

Wingy



Joined: 05 Sep 2006
Posts: 270
Location: Fife, Scotland
PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 07 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Just took delivery of my garlic ordered from the Really Garlicky Company. I am really excited now!

Have to say, very good looking big fat and firm cloves - very impressed so far. Had an email yesterday saying they were despatched by courier, next day delivery - best service I've had from any company to-date. Can't wait to see how they do. This is looking very promising and I shall be out this afternoon preparing their beds. I'm excited!

Behemoth - I'll be very interested to see how your German Reds and Spanish Roja's do by comparison.

Behemoth



Joined: 01 Dec 2004
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Location: Leeds
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

All my garlic's seem to be through now, about an inch or so. German Red and Rojo were slightly ahead of Music but not by much.

joanne



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 7095
Location: Morecambe, Lancashire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mine are doing very well also - Music - from the Really Garlicky Company all about 2 or 3 inches above the ground

As for the overwintering onions - they are steaming ahead - each has about 4 or 5 inches of growth

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35907
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Is it still worth planting out our remaining garlic? We did quite a lot towards the end of November and they are coming on nicely; but I've got half a dozen cloves left and it seems a shame to waste them.

Also, I've heard someone say that they can be vernalised in the freezer overnight. Is this true, or does it just knacker them?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44283
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
Is it still worth planting out our remaining garlic?


Yes

cab



Joined: 01 Nov 2004
Posts: 32429

PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
Is it still worth planting out our remaining garlic? We did quite a lot towards the end of November and they are coming on nicely; but I've got half a dozen cloves left and it seems a shame to waste them.

Also, I've heard someone say that they can be vernalised in the freezer overnight. Is this true, or does it just knacker them?


Dunno about the vernalisation, but if you have the space then you may as well plant 'em out. What else are you going to do with them?

Chez



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well my other option is to eat 'em. But it would be rather an expensive tea . I'll chuck them in and see what happens. Thanks!

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Put them in now and they will be vernalised on Friday!

Chez



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judith wrote:
Put them in now and they will be vernalised on Friday!

Are you taking the role of Downsizer DoomSayer this afternoon?

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have to drive to Liverpool on Friday evening - all through the Met Office 60% chance of pestilence and disaster red zone.
Just getting my wingeing in beforehand.

Chez



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

If you can put it off until Saturday morning we can give you a lift?

judith



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Location: Montgomeryshire
PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 08 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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

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