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Re: Garlic Growing Lovers

Post  Abiqua Ike on 7/31/2017, 3:01 pm

@trolleydriver wrote:This is what happens if you harvest garlic too late. The cloves in the bulb separate. This particular plant was at the point where all the leaves had turned brown. 
This looks like what you might want to do for some quick starts.

 Let the proper number of heads get to this stage, separate, then plant them right away. I bet they take off better than the regular method. Of course you can't store or ship them like this so no one would sell this stage.
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 7/31/2017, 8:04 pm

If there a reason to hang the garlic, versus just chopping the top off and roots off and curing it?  I chopped.  

I had 2/13 heads that were beginning to separate into cloves....not bad for a rookie!
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Post  Abiqua Ike on 8/1/2017, 11:12 am

I think the main reason for leaving the tops on is to braid them into a string. Soft necks are ready to go, hard necks need to have the flower stem cut off.
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Post  trolleydriver on 8/1/2017, 2:41 pm

@Abiqua Ike wrote:I think the main reason for leaving the tops on is to braid them into a string. Soft necks are ready to go, hard necks need to have the flower stem cut off.
I grow hardneck garlic and I harvest the scapes before the garlic bulbs are ready.  I leave the leaves on the bulbs so that it is easy to hang them up in the garage in a way that provides good air circulation around the bulbs while they are curing.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/1/2017, 4:02 pm

Just hanging around in the basement, getting blown about by the fan:

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/1/2017, 4:08 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Just hanging around in the basement, getting blown about by the fan:

Very nice CC.

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Post  bigdogrock on 8/1/2017, 7:08 pm

Dumb question, sorry, but what is AMA?
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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/1/2017, 7:11 pm

Against medical advice.

The transitional care facility wanted to keep me at least another two days, but I twisted some arms and got out, fleeing by taxi. Smile
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/2/2017, 9:36 pm

@donnainzone5 wrote:Against medical advice.

The transitional care facility wanted to keep me at least another two days, but I twisted some arms and got out, fleeing by taxi. Smile
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Post  Scorpio Rising on 8/2/2017, 9:38 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:Just hanging around in the basement, getting blown about by the fan:

OK, I get it now...will you personally use all that garlic between now and 1 year from now?  Do you just leave it down there?
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Post  sanderson on 8/3/2017, 12:29 pm

Question: Is everyone's garlic late this year? Or do you Northern folks plant it in the spring so that is why you are harvesting in July-August?

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Post  donnainzone5 on 8/3/2017, 12:45 pm

I always plant in late October/early November here in Central Oregon.

My garlic has been ready for harvest in July.
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Post  Turan on 8/3/2017, 12:46 pm

@sanderson wrote:Question:  Is everyone's garlic late this year?  Or do you Northern folks plant it in the spring so that is why you are harvesting in July-August?
No, this is normal time for garlic harvest in the North. We plant in October and the plants go dormant all winter, waking up again in April when the ground is warm enough. So time wise it is similar to as if we planted in the spring, and we can plant in the early spring but the bulbs are smaller then.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 8/3/2017, 12:53 pm

@Turan wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Question:  Is everyone's garlic late this year?  Or do you Northern folks plant it in the spring so that is why you are harvesting in July-August?
No, this is normal time for garlic harvest in the North.  We plant in October and the plants go dormant all winter, waking up again in April when the ground is warm enough.  So time wise it is similar to as if we planted in the spring, and we can plant in the early spring but the bulbs are smaller then.

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Post  trolleydriver on 8/3/2017, 1:18 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:
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@sanderson wrote:Question:  Is everyone's garlic late this year?  Or do you Northern folks plant it in the spring so that is why you are harvesting in July-August?
No, this is normal time for garlic harvest in the North.  We plant in October and the plants go dormant all winter, waking up again in April when the ground is warm enough.  So time wise it is similar to as if we planted in the spring, and we can plant in the early spring but the bulbs are smaller then.

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Post  sanderson on 8/4/2017, 1:34 pm

Thank you for clarification.

Southern latitudes, do you also plant in the fall and what month is your average mature harvest? I will have 8 squares to dedicate to garlic this fall.

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Post  newbeone on 8/7/2017, 10:49 am

Well I'll try it again just ready to push the send button and my computer shut down we're on the tail end of a thunder storm down here. Like I was saying Last year was the first for garlic down here I planted ( using grocery store garlic for seed) on 9/1 and harvested on 4/10  I just placed my seed order for garlic and they don't ship till the later part of September so I will be running late this year, Just thinking I still have one or two heads left I may plant them on 9/1 just to see what a month will make
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Post  sanderson on 8/8/2017, 2:13 pm

Newbe, You gave me an idea. I will plant grocery store soft-neck garlic every week in Sept. Usually I plant Oct 1. Thanks for the idea.

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Post  Turan on 8/11/2017, 3:45 pm

I got my garlic dug. I don't really know why I cure garlic the way I do. I lay it out on the picnic table out of the weather with its leaves and roots still on. In a week or so when the leaves and stalk is dry I will cut off most of the stalk and the roots, and rub off any dirt on the outer covers. Then they will go into a burlap bag that hangs in the mud room.

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Post  Turan on 8/12/2017, 1:44 pm

To fill in the info about my garlic growing for my region.
I planted 10/23/16 and covered with 4-6 inches of old hay for mulch.
In years past I dug them up first week of August and this year it took an extra week for the leaves to really start browning. This spring it was later before the ground thawed for them to get started.


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