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    Hello everyone,

    can anyone tell me if I need to protect my Garlic from the imminent frosts as it is sprouting already!

    I put a little hay over it when it started to show but some of it is now 4 inches or more and I would hate an 'incedent' when it is so keen to get going.

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    Hi Darren
    No you dont have to protect your garlic like overwintering onions it is hardy and is said to benefit from colder temperature.

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    Thanks Paul,

    I was getting a little worried when I saw the forecast this morning, I'll just have to find somthing else to worry about now.

    Darren

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    Tough as the old preverbial Darren. They need the cold to help getthem to divide into the individual cloved otherwise you end up with a garlic scented onion !!
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    is that such a bad thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge View Post
    is that such a bad thing?
    Not a bad thing but not very efficient!

    I would rather have fifteen cloves from each one planted, would you not?

    You can buy elephant garlic if you want large cloves. They are supposed to be very tasty roasted!
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    If you do end up with a garlic bulb that has not divided the best thing to do is put it to one side and plant it again next year,

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    I thought perhaps having a garlic flavoured onion might be just as useful as a normal onion, but with added flavour.

    Still I suppose single cloves are best for cooking.
    Reine de la cocina

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