Growing Wild Garlic

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Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260836 Chants Cottage
Fri May 18, 2012 11:16 am

I ask this as a novice gardener and forager... would it be possible to use wild garlic flowers to grow my own wild garlic from seed, and if so what's the best way to go about it? Or do you have to dig it up (I know there are laws concerning this!!)? I picked some earlier along with a few flowers. We don't have any woodland as such but there are a few shady treey bits that are probably suitable for wild garlic. Failing this, is there a good source of wild garlic seeds / plants that anyone knows of apart from the wild?! Thank you

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Post: #260851 gregorach
Fri May 18, 2012 2:25 pm

Yes, you can grow it from seed. You could gather your own, or alternatively there are a number of places which sell seed - easily enough found with a quick Google. Or you can actually buy established plants... One thing to be aware of though is that it can be very invasive stuff if you've got the right conditions for it, so you might want to think about keeping it contained.
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Post: #260855 Zech
Fri May 18, 2012 3:50 pm

I'm planning on doing exactly the same thing, so it's nice to hear that it works, if a little too well!
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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260857 boboff
Fri May 18, 2012 4:03 pm

If your coming past Gunnislake you can have some of mine.
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Post: #260859 Chants Cottage
Fri May 18, 2012 5:19 pm

Thanks for the advice, Dunc and the kind offer Boboff!! Not too concerned about the invasiveness of it as we don't really have that much in the way of shady damp bits (!). Just wondered if the flowers I have would be too immature to harvest seed from and what I need to do to the seeds if anything... I'd like to grow it from seed if possible but I'm very green (ie ignorant) regarding this gardening / propagation malarkey.

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Post: #260872 gregorach
Fri May 18, 2012 11:20 pm

As long as you make sure the seed is ripe before you collect it, you should be fine... I think it usually ripens around late June (up here anyway), but it's one of those things you've just got to judge.
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Post: #260901 Henwoman
Sat May 19, 2012 5:32 pm

Really weird, but I've never seen wild garlic here in Brittany. When I lived in Cornwall you'd get the aroma of garlic whenever you went out walking in the country, but here, nothing.

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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260902 Davie Crockett
Sat May 19, 2012 6:45 pm

Wild garlic (Ramsons) is really easy to grow from seed. As said before, it is VERY invasive. My father planted 2 bulbs which he picked up after a tree had blown down and exposed the underlying soil. His garden is awash with them now. They are very efficient at casting seed.

There's very good advice here: http://www.knowyourvegetables.co.uk/know-your-onions/know-your-ramsons/how-to-grow-ramsons

PS. if you find them invading areas where they're not wanted in large numbers, it is possible to pickle the bulbs. http://www.eatweeds.co.uk/wild-garlic-recipe
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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260917 Millymollymandy
Sun May 20, 2012 7:34 am

Henwoman wrote:Really weird, but I've never seen wild garlic here in Brittany. When I lived in Cornwall you'd get the aroma of garlic whenever you went out walking in the country, but here, nothing.

I've never seen it either. I wonder if it's a plant that likes chalky soils? :dontknow:
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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260938 boboff
Sun May 20, 2012 11:44 am

It's acidic arond here, and they love it!
Such a pretty flower, always gets the front cover pic on many a book.
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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260940 Millymollymandy
Sun May 20, 2012 12:18 pm

Oh. Well that blows that theory out of the window! :iconbiggrin:
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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260979 boboff
Mon May 21, 2012 6:47 am

I would say as a woodland plant, it's always going to err on the side of acidic.
It's amazing really how it works, it gets all it's work done, and then disapears in a month when the leaves form on the trees.
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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #260988 boboff
Mon May 21, 2012 8:54 am

Just do what they would do naturally, put them in a pot, leave outside somewhere shady and mosit, you should get a plant next year, if you do plant them out from the pot after flowering.
Millymollymandy wrote:Bloody smilies, always being used. I hate them and they should be banned.
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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #261022 Chants Cottage
Mon May 21, 2012 2:15 pm

Thanks everybody, I will give it a whirl. I think the flowers I have already picked are a bit young but there's plenty more where they came from at the moment... (sorry for rubbing it in MMM and Henwoman!!!)

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Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Post: #261082 Millymollymandy
Tue May 22, 2012 12:14 pm

You rubbed it in? Where? Does this mean you're a bit stinky?

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