Well . . . it's that time of year again - GARLIC!!!

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Got my garlic in today and I know I'll be a hurtin' unit tomorrow - I'm on the way there now.

I planted my usual 220 cloves.
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Then mulched it with 3 bales of straw. They are calling for rain tonight so they'll get a drink and settle.
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Now I just gotta let nature take its course.
 
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I grew garlic two years in a row some years back. I have pretty heavy clay soil which I'm told is not what garlic prefers. The garlic had good flavor but the cloves were small and tedious.

There are probably 15 bunches that have sort of naturalized that I just haven't ever dug up. I should take a look and see how that garlic has adapted to my soil. I noticed I had green stalks of it again a week ago. it dies off in mid summer and got excited about the cooler weather having just hung out in the soil all that time.
 
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Usually a clove makes a bulb then splits into a bunch of smaller bulbs and those cloves are quite small. We have good soil having been pasture in the past. I put my tiller on my tractor and amend the patch every few years. Chicken bedding, and lime get tilled in it'll be time to do that again next year. We had a lot of rain this Summer and they pulled right out without any digging. I hosed the mud off then hung them to dry. There were a lot of big bulbs this year.
 
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Some years ago, I had some wild garlic growing in the back yard. The heads were pretty small, the individual cloves about the size of a kidney bean. But one of those little cloves had more intense garlic flavor than a whole head of store bought. Wow!

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My attempt at garlic wasn't very successfull. Very very small, but it has been very hot.
I decided to just leave them in the ground and see what happens
 
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butzy butzy do you have any kind of Winter? Around here we grow hard neck garlic. If you are warm year around try soft neck in the Spring. It's not as oily IMO, but hey it's garlic.
 
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Thanks!
I tried planting garlic bought at the shop. No idea what type.
We do have winter (depending on your definition) with min temp of about 7 and max of about 27 oC.
I'm sure I planted at the wrong time of year.
 
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I grew garlic two years in a row some years back. I have pretty heavy clay soil which I'm told is not what garlic prefers. The garlic had good flavor but the cloves were small and tedious.

There are probably 15 bunches that have sort of naturalized that I just haven't ever dug up. I should take a look and see how that garlic has adapted to my soil. I noticed I had green stalks of it again a week ago. it dies off in mid summer and got excited about the cooler weather having just hung out in the soil all that time.
Same with me. I gave up because buying garlic at the market is so much easier. Some of the ground-planted bulbs keep emerging and provide greenery in my garden bed.
 

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I'd have expected a bulb of garlic under there but it seems its all still individual cloves. LITTLE cloves.
 
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Not sure what the climate is like where you all live.

Garlic requires a minimum temperature as the bulbs form. Even professional veggie farmers around where I am (in the French Alps) cannot get big bulbs because of the lower temps. To get the big large to HUGE garlic cloves, we have to purchase garlic that is "imported" from the south of France, where temps are higher.
 
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Minimum temp… for me that’s one of the problems. Heavy clay soil is the other. I can amend the soil but can’t do much about the climate.
 

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It gets cold enough here. Just soil issues. And I probably don't water enough as the rest of my yard is xeric.
 
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If hard neck gets too warm it will sprout and you will lose the crop. That happened to some folks I know - they planted too early and it was late to frost and they wasted all that time, effort and money.
 

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