What varieties of garlic are you going to sow this year

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Re: What varieties of garlic are you going to sow this year

Post: #281571 diggernotdreamer
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:04 am

Garlic does love good rich soil, and raising the soil level is important as it doesn't like to be waterlogged, my garlic bed has a good application of alpaca poo and well rotted compost. To keep the weeds down, I use wet paper feed sacks or sheets of damp newspaper laid over the top of the soil topped off with either grass mowings, hay or straw. I dib holes about 2-3 inches deep, through the mulch and plant the cloves, cover over and forget about them until spring. I like to give them an application of seaweed liquid to give them a good boost in spring

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Re: What varieties of garlic are you going to sow this year

Post: #281574 Green Aura
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:47 am

I do like the sound of that. Hoeing between the alliums is a pain in the proverbial.

Do you think I could grow my onions the same way, dnd? We generally grow them together.
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Re: What varieties of garlic are you going to sow this year

Post: #281576 ina
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:51 am

Thanks - might try that if I get some space in one of my raised beds...
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Re: What varieties of garlic are you going to sow this year

Post: #281580 diggernotdreamer
Thu Sep 04, 2014 11:37 am

I grow everything in the same way, I haven't got long enough to live to do weeding as well. My onions get dibbed through, leek transplants, I tend to grow everything as a transplant and then dib it through the paper and whatever you can get to put on the top. I grow the carrots and parsnips in a similar way except I put a sprinkle of compost (shop bought is good because it is weed free) on top of the paper, then cut slits with a sharp knife and sow the seeds into the slit. Even though my home made compost will have a few weed seeds in it, they don't get much of a hold unlike the ones that are lying in the soil.

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Post: #281584 Green Aura
Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:36 pm

Looks like I'm going to have to start reading a newspaper again. :shaking: :lol:
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Post: #281590 diggernotdreamer
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:49 pm

I read the paper on line and I find the virtual kind doesn't seem to work as well, so my lovely friend whose mother still takes the paper saves them up for me and I get all the animals feed in paper sacks now as I hate those polypropylene ones so they work well

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Re: What varieties of garlic are you going to sow this year

Post: #281592 ina
Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:16 pm

Green Aura wrote:Looks like I'm going to have to start reading a newspaper again. :shaking: :lol:


Try freecycle - or even an ad at the local shop... I bet there's folk out there grateful if you take old newspapers off their hands!
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Re: What varieties of garlic are you going to sow this year

Post: #281597 doofaloofa
Thu Sep 04, 2014 8:00 pm

My entire crop was destroyed by rust

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