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Post: #267779 gregorach
Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:38 am

I've always had a pretty reasonable crop. One piece of advice I was given (which I've always followed) was to feed them sometime around April-May with a top dressing of some kind... I usually use seaweed meal. The cloves perhaps aren't quite as big as on shop-bought garlic, but they're much tastier, and they store well.
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Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:00 pm

A well drained fertile bed. With a well prepared bed, no fertilizing is necessary. Don't over water when growing. In my area I consider it the easiest plant to grow. Any planted bulb will grow in my experience. I plant my best since it is available, but have planted inferior cloves and got almost identical bulbs compared to the best.

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Mon Oct 22, 2012 3:21 pm

Durgan wrote:A well drained fertile bed. With a well prepared bed, no fertilizing is necessary.

Isn't that just a difference in when to apply fertilizer? "Well prepared" = fertilizer added beforehand?
Durgan wrote:Don't over water when growing.

That'll be why mine didn't do too well this year then :lol: (that and the slugs nibbling the leaves)
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Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:37 pm

Fertilizer to me is not NPK granulated material. It is compost or, or manure to which I do not have ready access. By fertilizing the bed at planting time, the roots of the garlic have access to nutrients throughout the growing season.

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Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:32 pm

Durgan wrote:Fertilizer to me is not NPK granulated material. It is compost or, or manure to which I do not have ready access. By fertilizing the bed at planting time, the roots of the garlic have access to nutrients throughout the growing season.

That's what I thought I said :icon_smile:
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Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:02 pm

Zech wrote:
Durgan wrote:Fertilizer to me is not NPK granulated material. It is compost or, or manure to which I do not have ready access. By fertilizing the bed at planting time, the roots of the garlic have access to nutrients throughout the growing season.

That's what I thought I said :icon_smile:


You dis. I read too quickly and missed the essence.

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Post: #267806 safronsue
Tue Oct 23, 2012 3:57 am

thanks for the reminder guys...must get some cloves in the ground. Ours always grows well here, like it's impossible to fail. and WE get chinese garlic here in the shops too. love the massive bulbs roasted in the oven come spring.

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Post: #267810 merlin
Tue Oct 23, 2012 5:27 am

It might be the ground, a village about three miles from us grows garlic in all the fields around it, they are really nice. Just wondering, what does a kilo or a pound of garlic cost in the Uk, normal price around here would be 3 levs per kilo about £1.25. or 56p per pound
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Post: #267815 gregorach
Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:39 am

Loose garlic in Sainsbury's is 30p per bulb... Anybody know how many bulbs you get to a kilo?
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Post: #267839 merlin
Wed Oct 24, 2012 3:47 am

From the market, ours are about 40g on average (just weighed a few). So thats £7.50, about 18 levs per kilo as opposed to. Good grief!!!!
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Post: #267899 frozenthunderbolt
Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:59 am

grahamhobbs wrote:So what's the secret of growing big garlic?

Feed and Weed.
Garlic are gross feeders and hate any competition.
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Post: #267901 oldjerry
Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:15 am

Agree with FT. plus a decent summer....which maybe the reason the last couple of years' harvests have been so poor in the UK.

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Post: #268035 Durgan
Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:35 pm

merlin wrote:From the market, ours are about 40g on average (just weighed a few). So thats £7.50, about 18 levs per kilo as opposed to. Good grief!!!!


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http://www.durgan.org/URL/?CNHIB 26 June 2012 Paneer.
Paneer is a simple cheese without any additives. My method is to use three litres of skim milk, heat to 120F in a double boiler to control the temperature and to prevent burning of the bottom of the pot if set directly on the heat. After 120F is reached remove the heat, and put in a large tablespoon of Ascorbic Acid powder, available from a Pharmacy. I buy 500 ml, which lasts a long time.. Immediately upon dropping the ascorbic acid and stirring there appear instant curd, almost a large blob. Drain in a colander with cold water and use as desired.A good replacement for commercial cottage cheese, but of a more rubbery texture.The making takes about 15 or less minutes.

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Post: #268040 merlin
Sat Oct 27, 2012 4:16 am

We do the same sort of thing with the whey that drips from the cheese.

Just put it in a pan, warm it up and squeeze a drop of lemon into it.

It is called ezvar here, it is used mainly for the filling of banichkas, a breakfast pastry, nothing wasted!
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Post: #268512 the.fee.fairy
Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:38 am

My garlic comes from China. Damn tasty garlic it is too!


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