I planted about 40 cloves of garlic in early spring into my garden but when
they didn't look too healthy, i replaced them with plants (grown in the
greenhouse). These looked great for a few weeks and were as tall as my onion
plants (on same patch) but after some "heavy" Isle Of Wight winds the garlic
were flat on the ground and soon died. weirdly the onions were fine and have
gone on to produce a bumper crop. Anyone know why my garlic didnt survive if
the onions did? What should i do to prevent this next yr??
Garlic is affected by day length and starts to die down soon after the
summer solstice, so yours may have naturally finished. Have you dug them up
and looked for your crop? And as the previous poster wrote, garlic (here
anyway, zone 3) is best planted in the fall.
The lucky ones harvested in July ;)) If you waited until now you're
gonna pull up big balls of mold. I replaced the beds with some
pepper plants and the peppers are slogging pretty well through the 6+
inches of rain in the past week.
Garlic goes dormant in late summer; that's when you generally
harvest it. Whilst in some fairly mild climates, I've had
success with planting in late winter and harvesting the same
year, generally garlic does better if you plant it in the fall
and harvest the following summer. I suspect that if you check
where your garlic was growing, you'll find numerous bulbs in the
I was reading "Growing Great Garlic", a great book by Washington state
farmer Ron Engelland (sp?). In it, he says the rocambole types and
other stiffnecks require a fairly long freezing period, something
places like Gilroy, CA cannot provide. He kind of relished the fact
that warmer areas could not grow the hardier stiffneck types such as
his Spanish Roja. However, he says softneck silverskin types are much
more appropriate for warmer areas.
As an aside, growing "large" garlic is a demanding process. It
requires rich soil heavy in nitrogen, full sun and plenty of water
(but not sopping, so in a raised bed). Mulching and keeping weeds
down is also of vital importance.
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