August 20, 2010 at 10:56 am #252979StuieMember
hope you can help me, my garlic has grown out of season.
bought garlic planted in garden, had bub forgot about garden for 4 months over summer it died off, got back into gardening and started watering again and found sprouting garlic cloves so i transplanted them out, about april.
question is harvest now and how?? or leave in till summer and harvest when it dries out.
StuAugust 20, 2010 at 11:37 am #474257BelMember
2nd year garlic is often better than the 1st. Treat as normal – wait til it dies down in summer. I’ve done the same this year – am hoping for bigger heads. Good luck!August 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm #474258billMember
April is ok. It won’t be ready for harvest yet. We have had such a strange winter it will be interesting how this years garlic goes. Small cloves I suspect for me as I have refused to water regularly.August 21, 2010 at 3:44 am #474259StuieMember
sweeto thanks, will leave in and harvest as normalAugust 30, 2010 at 7:43 am #474260gringoMember
Old garden saying Stu,
Plant garlic by the shortest day (in your case no problem):lol:
Harvest by the longest :tup:August 30, 2010 at 8:54 am #474261Lady BeeKeymaster
We normally plant ours in April and harvest in December or sometimes later depending on the season. I try to get them when the tops have yellowed off well but not completely browned and brittle. That way, I can plait them and they look really good.
Messed up badly last year, didn’t plant till July and the tops had actually disappeared by the time we dug them, and the cloves had started to sort of spread open but the garlic was still good.
Don’t stress too much Stuie, they’ll be fine.September 2, 2010 at 1:48 am #474262megamooMember
It’s slightly off topic here but everyone is talking about growing garlic and I have been wondering this for a while. I go the big name supermarket, and then the grocer who specialises in local produce but no one sells local garlic. It’s always from China or Mexico or even California ??? Why can’t I find any West Australian or even Australian grown garlic for sale? If everyone here can grow it in their own gardens, I assume there is some being produced out there.
Yes I would love to grow it myself but I’m not quite there yet. Any Perthlings know of anywhere to get it south of river?September 2, 2010 at 3:26 am #474263porgeyMember
Stuie, empirical wisdom, distinct from scientific fact, suggests that we should plant garlic on the winter equinox (shortest day) and harvest on the summer equinox (longest day). Magazines, TV producers, retail schedules, the old bloke over the fence, Mums bridge club, social trends, flim flam and a whole lot of other sources will all tell different things. The fact remains that you have to discover overtime and through out varying weather, cosmic, nutritional conditions what grows best in your patch for your taste. You might like young fresh garlic whereas Crusty may like older more developed garlic so will choose a later harvest date. Neither of you are right or wrong just go with what suits you and your garlic eaters.September 2, 2010 at 7:23 am #474264Lady BeeKeymaster
Why can’t I find any West Australian or even Australian grown garlic for sale?
Not a lot of help to you, but our local Coles (Myrtleford) has Australian garlic for sale at certain times – not now of course as it’s not in season here; I think they’re into Mexican at present – erk!September 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm #474265CharlesinPerthMember
most smaller green grocers, farmers markets, wanneroo markets etc will have it. But its seasonal, as its local. So there is lots around Dec-June then its generally gone again. But its around when you need to plant it so its not really a problem.
South of the River wise have you gone to canningvale fresh food markets ? Look it up on the net. I am not sure when they have there stalls open to public.September 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm #474266GrethMember
It is labour intensive to produce garlic on a commercial scale, and Aust. growers can’t produce as cheaply as OS, not cheap enough for Mr Coles and Mr Woolworths anyway.
They do buy it sometimes, esp since the current affairs programs created a stink about Chinese garlic being produced with human effluent as a fertilizer. Smaller grocers are more likely to just buy from the wholesale market and get local stuff.
Be patient, grow it a year and divide it, then you will have Aussie produced garlic! Im still using my last years harvest and think I should make it until I can harvest again. In the meantime the garlic leaves (scapes) give a really nice flavour and can be used as a substitute veg.
Can’t sell you any, ours is grown over the septic drainage, shades of peasant China, but don’t they love it!
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