Roots and Perennials Planting in Mid Autumn – Planting Out the Garlic

by Linda on April 9, 2012

Remember this garlic? Planted into potting mix a month ago.  Look at it now. I think every single clove sprouted, and some of them now have leaves 30 cm tall.  I have three boxes like this for planting out today, and I’ll put in another three boxes of cloves for planting out next month.  Not that I need successive crops with garlic – they all get harvested at more or less the same time –  but rather to give me a bit of insurance against weather or in case a wallaby gets in to my fencing.  I’m planting them out in three different beds for the same reason.

Today I’ll also plant out my onions – Hunter River Browns and Lockyer Gold – varieties carefully chosen to suit the relatively long winter day length this far north.  And I’ll put in another box of seedlings.  Like the garlic, they’ll all get harvested at more or less the same time.  Garlic and onions are so picky about day length that I can’t stagger them much.

I’ll plant out carrots and put in another box  for successive crops, using my standard method.  I have a bit more choice in varieties this time of year, but I’m liking Nantes so much and they’re doing so well for me, I think I’ll just stick with them. I shall put in a box of parsnips using the same method. Parsnips planted now will be ready for harvest in late winter, and they’ll be the best ones of the year.

I’ll plant a few beetroot seeds in a seed raising box, select half a dozen of the strongest of the ones germinated last month to pot on, and plant out the ones germinated the month before.  That way, I have about 25 beets on the go, but only about half of them taking up room in the garden at any one time, and about half a dozen ready for harvesting at any one time.

It’s perfect garden weather here today, and not sensible to be inside on a computer!

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celia April 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Thanks Linda. We’re going to give garlic a miss this year – it’s quite tricky to grow it well in Sydney, and we have friends who grow it organically that we like to support. We’ll get going with onions and carrots though! And peas too – running late with those this year!

Liz April 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I planted my garlic on Friday, but I planted mine direct. Unlike last year when I jsut plante Italian ‘common’ this year I’ve planted about 4 varieties – I’ll be interested to see how they do. Do you find that growing them on in pots first helps with bulb size?

Linda April 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Hi Liz, I don’t think it has much effect on bulb size. The main reason I do it is to get a month’s head start on them, before I have vacant beds ready for them to plant out into. A secondary reason is to make sure they all germinate before giving them garden space. And a side benefit – I’m planting each one out with it’s own little store of compost.

Linda April 9, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I planted out a second lot of garlic today too. The first lot I planted has barely shown it’s head! I couldn’t bear the thought of no garlic for the year so a second lot went in. I love being able to watch what you are doing in the garden. Btw it wasn’t gardening weather here. Brrrr – icy winds and squalls kept blowing through in btwn patches of sunshine!

Linda April 10, 2012 at 9:42 am

Thanks for this comment – you just gave me a little burst of happy gratitude for our warm sunny autumn weather! You’re a lot further south than me so your garlic will be later I would think. You probably have a lot more varieties though, with your shorter days of your winter.

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