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    keat63 is offline Sprouter
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    Default Has anyone grown garlic successfully

    I've tried for years to grow garlic and always fail to yield decent results.

    I've never bought one though, of the ones I've tried to grow, i've always taken from the supermarket.
    I even brought a huge one back from Greece once in the hope that I might get something.

    It always grows, but the resulting cloves are dissapointing., never getting much bigger than say a 2p coin.

    I'm assuming that some varieties are more suited to UK conditions than others.
    Has anyone had good success and if so, any particular varaiety ?

    I spotted one in my LGC yesterday, but didn't buy it, knowing what my past results have been like.

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    Thelma Sanders is online now Gardening Guru
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    I grow Early Purple Wight and Solent Wight, bred to succeed in the UK.
    After buying seeds the first year, I now save and replant individual cloves I've grown. You do need to feed them well, if you want them to grow big, and get them planted asap, if you do decide to try again this year.

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    I grow decent garlic, some years better than others. I buy the sets, meant for growing in the uk every fourth year on the advice of, I think, Monty Don. The other years I replant my own. I think he said that starting anew every 4 years reduces the chance of disease.
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    I have grown both from supermarket garlic, and from bought sets. The bought sets always do better for me, and I feed them all copiously.

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    There will be people who manage to grow garlic from supermarket bulbs but I think buying garlic from a proper supplier will give you a much better chance of success. I am growing Carcassonne wight and Picardy wight from the Garlic Farm this year. Planted them at the start of November, some in the greenhouse and most outside innraised beds. All growing well so far. You can go for spring planting types if you want to give it a go.

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    I've grown Solent Wight many times with great success. Shop bought cannot compare tastewise. A few of those who have already posted have indicated that feeding is important and I totally agree. Garlic is an allium and alliums are gross feeders so a well dug bed with loads of fym is essential. Don't be alarmed if you see a seed head developing. That comes from the original clove and if you think of shop bought with a hard stalk in the centre, that hard stalk is the stem of the seed head
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    The garlic seed heads aka scapes, if you cut them off - are a treat in a stir fry, so nothing is wasted
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    I have had varying success with garlic. About once every four years I seem to get a decent crop.
    I have some Solent growing now which appear to be doing ok though. After reading this thread I may give them some chicken poo pellets to perk them up a bit
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    to present to him vegetables and all beautiful flowers.- Offerings of Thutmose III to Amon-Ra (1500 BCE)

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