Garlic: when to replant?

Hi All,
I am about to pick my garlic.
1) when do I replant?
2) can I replant in the same place or do I have to let the soil rest a season?
Many thanks, -T
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T wrote:

i replant again in the fall. usually in a new location. crop rotations help keep pests and diseases in check.
also when you rotate plants you should use different families of plants each time so that you are using a different nutrient profile from the soil. this way you can stretch fertility and nutrients through many plantings.
i have gardens here that i amend once every two or three years and yet the soils keep improving even with that low rate. i also bury any organic leavings so that the worms get extra goodies to work on.
the hard neck garlic i have here is all over the place, there is no way i dig it all up each year and then replant, so there are places where it keeps growing "wild". that just means the bulbs and cloves tend to be small. my more formal garlic planting the bulbs and cloves are quite large. i have only 26 this season (and a few thousand extras if i really want to try digging them all up).
songbird
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On 06/28/2016 05:01 AM, songbird wrote:

Thank you!
Tomorrow I dig up the one I missed last years with the 20 shoots on it. Bet the are pretty small.
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Depending on your weather (and the year, and how busy you might be...) a few weeks before the ground (normally, unless you have a time machine) freezes. In years where busy doesn't get me, late October or sometime in November. Last year, Dec 26th with the big cold (but with snow, a good thing in this case, it's insulation for the ground and delays freezing) coming on the 27th (if it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done - but I was out there planting by lamplight to get it done) - mind you, an October planting would have gotten way out of hand last year - we didn't get frost until about a month later than normal (the end of October, not mid-late September.)
Scape timing (this year) seems to be about the same as other years. Being planted that late I did not have tops up most of the winter, which I often do with earlier plantings. They seem to take it fine (they laugh at the cold), but I don't see a lot of variance in production either way.
Rotate. Garlic is beneficial to several families of crops following it in rotation, and in general one is trying to minimize developing diseases/pests peculiar to one plant family by not growing them in the same spot each year.
I maintain about 100 heads, which means I get to use about 75 and the smaller cloves from the biggest/best 25 that I set aside for seed, planting only the larger cloves from them. I'm up to 9" grid spacing at this point, having seen a definite improvement in size going from a 6" grid to an 8" grid.
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On 6/28/2016 9:04 AM, Ecnerwal wrote:

What is freezing and what is snow? Seldom ever happens here on the edge of Hell, we're expecting at least 90F to 100F here this afternoon.
Got out early this morning and picked what needed to be picked from the garden. Watered yesterday evening, weather heads say rain today, they've said that every day for a week now. I ain't waiting on the rain.
Went to the garden about 0700 CST and it was a balmy, no wind, no clouds 80F. Didn't take me and the dog a long time to quick pick, quick water, back into the air conditioning. Being very old I can remember when hardly anyone had AC.
I joined the U.S. Navy at 17 in June 1957. My folks home had fans on a stand, gas heaters in a couple of rooms. Came home from boot camp and they had AC, gas heat in the attic, a telephone, and a new TV. Asked why all that, Dad swore up and down that their food bill went down a hundred bucks a month when I left. Unfortunately that didn't happen when we tossed our kids out. <G>
George, still picking them peas
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For you, (probably) plant anytime in early December, or follow local guidance. I hear the British like to plant shallots on the shortest day and harvest them on the longest day, but garlic ain't shallots.
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On 6/28/2016 7:46 PM, Ecnerwal wrote:

As I age I seem to like onion and garlic scallions more so than the real thing. We grew a giant garlic this year and it is very tasty so may grow another one next year. We have harvested most of the small, sweet onions we planted from starts back in last fall. All about twice the size of a ping-pong ball and very tasty. The paper on them was nice as a covering too. Kept some of the pests off of them.
We've been growing the same bunching onions for about fifteen years now, brought them back to Texas with us in 2012. A friend in Louisiana gave me the starts and they have constantly paid off. I chop and freeze them and then into vacuum bags. Last a good while too. We also plant them around our fruit trees and as an edging for the flower beds. Helps to keep the neighborhood cats from messing in the beds.
We received almost a half inch of rain this afternoon and are happy for it. Didn't much like the multitude of lightning strikes though. I counted the seconds from the flash to the boom and some were within a couple of miles from us and very pretty.
George
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On 06/28/2016 07:04 AM, Ecnerwal wrote:

Thank you!
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