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Roots and Perennials Planting Days in Mid Autumn – Self Sown Garlic

I’ve noticed that a couple of corms of garlic that hid in my garden and escaped harvesting have sent up green shoots. So I guess they are telling me it’s time to plant garlic! The traditional wisdom is that garlic is planted on the winter solstice but that has never worked for me even before climate change kicked in.  I’m going to trust the self-sown garlic – plants generally know best.

Garlic is one of the few things I plant directly, one clove at a time, pointy side up, using the standard system of planting things as deep as their own diameter.  I’ll transplant these to separate them and give each one a bit more room.  Each clove will yield a corm.  Keep them well away from peas, beans, broad beans – anything that depends on its nitrogen fixing bacterial partners, because garlic is quite strongly anti-bacterial.  Nothing else to it.

Besides garlic, I’m also planting carrot, parsnip, beetroot, and onion seed this planting break.

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  • umatji April 30, 2010, 10:41 am

    oh my lost garlic is doing the same! I wondered the same thing as we planted later last year but I suppose the wee things do know what they are doing! Thanks for saying abbout transplanting the last year ones as I wasn’t sure if it was the best thing to do. I guess I will get going with that this weekend with luck.
    Wish I had parsnip seed – they are lovely – will have to get looking or get out the diggers club.

  • Reilly May 3, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I so agree with you about the garlic. My ‘lost’ garlic started coming up about 3 – 4 weeks ago so I guess I’m a bit behind this year. If it’s so early to come up on it’s own, how can waiting until mid-June be justified? Fixed the first bed up last weekend so on to planting!

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