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    Will not touch them. I have no patience though! Best thibg about growing veg apart from the eating is when the little shoots come through. Checked my book and I planted them on 3 Nov.

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    I love the germination stage too which I why I like to sow a couple of seeds on kitchen roll, just so that I can watch them sprouting.
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    So resisted the temptation to fumble around and came back after Xmas to find almost all are now through. Really hoping they work as I really like garlic and have very little else growing at this time of year. This patience thing is tough though.

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    I'm thinking of spreading some chicken poo pellets around my garlic and my Spring Cabbage, just to let them know that Spring is around the corner and they need to think about putting growth on.
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    Update. My garlic in gh and outside are both doing fine. Slight yellowing to some of the leaves but strong growth. Just a bit worried as had a wee fumble of one yesterday and didn’t feel like there was an actual bulb there, felt more like a spring onion. Didn’t want to mess around with any more but at what point does the bulb expand? Hoping this isn’t going to be another allium disaster for me.
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    The bulbs will expand later on in the year. The plant will bulk them up so that they can go dormant and survive through till they regrow. At this point in the year they will be focusing on leaf production so make sure that they have enough nitrogen.

    The thickness of the stem at the soil will be an indication of the size of the head that you can expect - thicker stems equate to bigger heads.

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    Is there a particular feed I should give them. Had some Bfb which I scattered around but will need to get more.

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    BFB is a longer acting fertiliser - I give a dressing at the planing time and another one in spring.

    I'd also use a liquid feed diluted down - something with reasonable nitrogen and potassium levels would be good (I use comfrey concentrate) as it's quicker for the plant to take up. Other fertilisers would also work as long as they aren't too strong.
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