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Post  jgiedra on 2/22/2013, 10:38 pm

I have an unusual question/situation. In the fall I pulled up all but 2 of my raised beds in order to have some grading/drainage work done on my yard, with plans to rebuild in the spring. In the 2 beds that I kept, I planted garlic, which is showing a few green shoots.

I have changed my landscaping plans and now I need to move those last 2 beds...is there any way I can pull out the little garlics and pot them up to plant back in the new beds once they are built? Or do I just need to sacrifice all that delicious garlic this year and start again in the fall?

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Post  camprn on 2/23/2013, 4:49 am

Hmm.... a good question. What is it that you would like to plant there? It's best to leave them where they are. I am assuming that your harvest will be in late June or early July. There is still plenty of summer left at that point to plant many things. Very Happy

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Post  JackieB999 on 2/23/2013, 7:56 am

Hi... if you're considering sacrificing them, why not give transplanting a try? I would move them and see what happens Smile
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Post  camprn on 2/23/2013, 8:15 am

Yup, I believe transplanting would set the plants back severely if not have the entire crop be a total loss. The purpose of planting the garlic in the autumn is to establish a good solid root system so the plant can begin growing as soon as the weather permits. Disrupting those roots will be a problem.
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Post  jgiedra on 2/23/2013, 8:21 am

Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately where the garlic beds are there will soon be a greenhouse and a path, so I can't plant something else there!
I guess I can try to transplant and see what happens...what have I got to lose?

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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on 2/23/2013, 10:02 am

jgiedra, Suggestion: dig deep and move as much soil around each garlic as possible--their roots don't just go deep, but flare out into surrounding soil under the bulb. Have their new bed prepared with holes so you can immediately set each transplant into it. There's an additive on the market to help against transplant shock. You might try that as well. Do you know the variety of garlic you're growing? Some more primitive hard neck types are tougher when accidently uncovered and reset (experience speaking here), but they have small bulbs at harvest. Best of luck, and keep us informed.. Nonna

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Post  plantoid on 2/23/2013, 11:04 am

Four of my mother earth beds had garlic in them when I changed over to full MM beds in January 2012 . I eased up the garlic as Nonna say's and replanted them in two beds of MM then watered them in with rain water.
They grew well, one or two bolted but using them as scrapes and for flavouring the frying pan soon sorted out the bolters .

The remainder grew on to become some very nice bulbs indeed , the biggest reaching just a tad over 3 inches in diameter , towering over my daughter at over 48 inches tall .
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