The grocery store garlic did O.K. although, the bulbs are a bit small.
After keeping it in the fridge at 35° (all temps are Fahrenheit) for a couple of
months, I planted it in early December , which means that we still had a long
warm period during which the garlic began growing apace. January brought several
successive days with overnight lows in the 20's and highs in the 40-to-50's. I
just looked at the calendar and longest period was 5 days and even then highs
ranged from 42-72.
Down here, the duration of temperatures below 40 is measured in hours;
sometimes, hour;-) We occasionally have overnight lows in 30's as early as
Thanksgiving (late Nov.+) but daytime temps remain in 60-70's+. I've never
encountered soil temps below mid-50's. Although, approx. 7 miles distant as the
honeybee flies, the data from this site are representative:
<http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?refer=&sh437 . Notice the
temperature scale tab in URH. As you can see, average lows do not represent
winter as most of North America knows it.
For this year, I've purchased a variety of "artichoke" garlic purported to
do well in the Gulf states' mild climate. It was mailed Tues. 31 Aug. Ideally,
it should arrive today or tomorrow.
Refrigerator is a 35°, the freezer at -
(Damned Cat!) -5; which would the garlic find more agreeable for a couple of
months? Not that I can do anything about, it but what how does our on-off again
"cold" affect the development of the garlic? Would I do best to wait until
January or February to put the garlic into the ground instead of setting it in
I've found almost no information on the WWW that is pertinent to my
climate. "Experts" always assume the entire planet to enjoy a 4-season climate.
Any help appreciated,
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