Garlic basics

creativeexile(z6MI)March 30, 2005

I'm looking to plant a bit of garlic around my roses for insect control (not necessarily harvesting). Question is, do you just take garlic from your kitchen and put it in the ground?? I have some garlic in my fridge forming green tops right now (so I won't be cooking with them). I understand it's best to plant them in the fall, but alas. It's March, and I'm working on my rose beds.

How tall can I expect the garlic to grow? I saw a reference to a 2' tall garlic plant, that's taller than my roses!

Just some basics for a newbie, please. Thanks in advance.

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paquebot(Z-4b WI)

Two feet tall is about normal for what you probably have. That would be a softneck variety if purchased from the supermarket. Could be worse. Some hardnecks will go over six feet tall!

Plant as soon as possible, single cloves about 6 to 8 inches apart and about an inch or so deep. If planted any time from now to the end of April, you can still expect to get decent bulbs in return.

Martin

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 12:19PM
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robdog(6 PA)

now, is there a direction or "top or bottom" of the clove that needs to face up? please pardon my lack of knowledge.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 2:43PM
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david52_gw

the pointy end goes up, and the fat end goes down. Like when I sit down in a chair.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 4:10PM
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breezyb(z6/7VA)

You are TOO funny David52!!!!

    Bookmark   March 31, 2005 at 9:05AM
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oldroser(z5)

Garlic is easy to grow but it won't prevent insects on roses. Sad, but true.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2005 at 11:36PM
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Warthog7(8 OR)

Wont prevent true, but does seem to subdue the infestation. At least for me.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2005 at 1:35PM
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