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On Oct 16, 6:35 am, snipped-for-privacy@nomail.please (JustTom) wrote:

I planted some Kettle River Giant garlic yesterday. The soil was pretty good but I still mixed in a few inches of mushroom compost. It was a warm sunny day here in Western NC - perfect to be out there doing some late season planting and garden clean up.
Regards, June
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Please post how it does for you next summer. I grow it, but between my indifferent care, and a climate a good deal colder than the Pacific Northwest, it's not a great performer for me. Loicano, a softneck I got from a friend at the Seed Saver's Exchange meet a few years ago, does better here. I grow mostly hardnecks.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
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Thanks for the replies.
Question though, if I planted in early spring, and harvest sometime in late summer, wouldn't the heat and sun have a negative effect on the garlic in flavor or size, or should they be planted in partial shade? As I said, I use containers, so I can plant in full sun and always move them if need be.
Tim
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Garlic is the worst of both worlds: a heavy feeder and a poor collector of solar energy. So, it needs as much sun as possible.... I can't say what the effect of containers would be, as I've never grown it that way. Remember that garlic grows in two phases: Foliage until roughly the equinox, then bulbs thereafter. Harvest when about half (not all!) of the tops have turned brown...,. this is to ensure you have good wrappers around the bulbs, which are actually the bottom of the leaves.
Gary Woods AKA K2AHC- PGP key on request, or at home.earthlink.net/~garygarlic Zone 5/6 in upstate New York, 1420' elevation. NY WO G
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I have garlic starts as well, and they're growing very well, but I didn't have much luck with garlic last year, so this info is appreciated from me as well.

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FWIW I plant mine in flower pots and keep them on the west side of my house. They probably don't get as big as in the ground but the taste is still great. Just remember the water!

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Wow, lots of garlic info there, thanks !
btw -- 73,
Tim WN8OAB
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Garlic are of many purposes, good thing you have those just in your garden. They are one of those herbal plants that are commonly used for cold and flu. They also treat acne which many of us are so irritated at.
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