Garlic Preferences

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Garlic Preferences

Postby KG Tony » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:16 pm

Anyone planting garlic this autumn (or already done so perhaps?).

Hardneck or softneck?

Any varieties you would recommend? I've just planted 'Czechmate' (a hardneck variety) in pots.

Anyone start their garlic cell modules first for later transplanting?
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby robo » Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:23 pm

I've planted three types ,elephant garlic, Carcassonne from the isle of white ,the third is Lauren white in total around 65 ,I normally note everything I plant and the date on my phone I forgot to list the garlic this year now amended
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Monika » Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:52 pm

Softneck varieties for me, especially Mersley Wight, Provence Wight and Solent Wight. Hardnecks seem to have larger cloves but I prefer the long keeping softnecks. We usually still have perfectly good garlic left when next year's harvest is just starting to mature.
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Geoff » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:24 pm

I never know what is hardneck or softneck!
All mine were planted on 23rd September. I replant some of my own and usually buy one other besides, perhaps a new variety or a replacement for one that has got a bit small.
This year 15 Marco (saved), 20 Messindrome (saved, fresh last year did really well), 13 Germidor (saved), 12 Germidor (fresh), been growing Germidor for years as it is usually very reliable. The fresh Germidor are up already.
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby PLUMPUDDING » Sat Nov 03, 2018 5:52 pm

I plant mine, hard neck saved and replanted for the past 15 or so years, in December or January in 5 inch pots and keep them in the cold frame until it's fit to put them out in the garden. I bought the originals from Marshalls but can't remember their name. They are still a good size and have a purplish tinge to the skin and a good flavour. I've saved a few of the elephant garlic cloves to replant too and will do the same with them. I've got used to their mild flavour and just put more in the cooking than I would proper garlic.
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Primrose » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:27 pm

I planted elephant garlic and Pink Gwrmidour three eeks ago and some shoots are already showing through. Lord knows whether the latter are hard neck or soft neck but they were the last tqompackets in my local nursery so I snaffled them up.

I don,t really know why i,m growing elephant garlic again this year except I had a lot of bulbs left over from summer as it's really too mild for my preference. .I really like a feisty garlic which gives you a flavour run for your money if anybody can recommend one.
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Primrose » Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:44 pm

The photo on the packet rwther looked as if they had faint purple streaks.
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby robo » Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:26 pm

Pink germidour is a softneck garlic sold by most suppliers
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Primrose » Sun Nov 04, 2018 7:36 am

So as a softneck (I've always been confused about the differences too!) it should store better and have more cloves - both plusses in my book as long as the cloves aren't those tiny fiddly little things that are difficult to peel and work with.
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Pa Snip » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:26 am

In my book Mrs S committed the biggest of all cardinal sins at the Malvern Autumn Show.

She purchased from one of the stands 3 x loose garlic bulbs but against all my previous years of tutelage failed to make a note of the name GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Yesterday I planted 24 cloves, 8 from each of those 3 bulbs. Marked in my log book as 'unknown variety'
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Primrose » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:32 am

It's Sod's law Pa that yiu will probably get the best results from the unknown variety and will be permanently irritated that you never know what it is........like those unnamed apple trees to be found in many peoples' gardens !
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Pa Snip » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:34 am

Primrose wrote:It's Sod's law Pa that yiu will probably get the best results from the unknown variety and will be permanently irritated that you never know what it is........like those unnamed apple trees to be found in many peoples' gardens !


How right you are :lol:
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Re: Garlic Preferences

Postby Diane » Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:35 am

I've planted Marco - got confused by it all so just bought the biggest and it split into enough to practically fill my little raised bed. . It's supposed to be strong and long lasting.
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