[Market-farming] garlic

Elaine Granata elainegranata at peoplepc.com
Sun Nov 12 18:38:19 EST 2006

Having just finished reading "Growing Great Garlic", and from my other
reading, you don't want them to sprout, just develop a healthy root system
before heavy ground freezing.  It's ok if it sprouts, but that's not
desirable, but it's not the end of the world, either -- if there are good
roots the plant will replace any fall sprouts with new ones in the spring.

zone 5
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From: "Tradingpost" <tradingpost at lobo.net>
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 12, 2006 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] garlic

> So here's a question for those more experienced with garlic. Does it need
> to sprout above ground before serious winter sets in? I got mine in the
> ground in Sept but we've had several freezes and no sign of green yet.
> paul tradingpost at lobo.net
> *********** REPLY SEPARATOR  ***********
> On 11/12/2006 at 1:56 PM sora at coldreams.com wrote:
> >>
> >> We're floating in the same boat...it was way too dry at the normal
> >planting time...waited for the rains and got snow instead...then it
> >rained and the ground is ok buttttt...the freeze could come at any
> >moment.  We're going to try to get it all in tomorrow but the forcast is
> >calling for 20s-30s at night
> >sigh...took years to build up the seed crop...don't want to lose it...
> >Hoping mulch will help.....
> >
> >
> >>>Paul: The cloves need about 4 weeks to form roots before the ground
> >>> freezes,
> >>>so you can compute planting time by backing up from freeze time.  I
> >>> got
> >>>mine in because it finally stopped raining and snowing long enough for
> >>> the
> >>>soil to dry out enough to plant.  It sure is the pits when it's too
> >>>Good luck.
> >>
> >> Hopefully, mulching would delay the freeze?
> >>
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