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Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

Posted by glenn9643 z8 LA (My Page) on
Wed, May 3, 06 at 19:48

I'll be first (to talk about it anyway).
Dug my Xian, Chinese Pink, and Shantung Purple today, and was pleased with the improvement over last year. Had about 35 hills of each and there were only a few bulbs smaller than 1-1/4", with most 2" or larger. I think next year I'll increase my spacing from 6" to 8" at least, as I noticed all the larger bulbs' roots were interlocked with the adjoing ones. Looking back at my old posts, I dug these varieties on 11 May last year. Seems like this year the size is better and they have better wrappers so maybe they'll keep better.
Still have Music (about 50 hills), Lorz Italian (18 hills), Siberian (about 65 hills), and about 35 hills each of Ajo Rojo Creole, Creole Red, Burgundy Creole, and Spanish Morado Creole. I'm guessing at least another month on these from how they look today.


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RE: Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

Good job! Mine are usually browning by now but we had a cool spring umtil about 5 days ago. I'm hoping to keep them in the ground for another month this year.


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RE: Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

Kind of early, yet, for most of the country.

Up here in Kentucky, Xian (and, presumably, other early maturing varieties) comes in in June. The rest start marturing long about July 4 or a week later, and progress from there.


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RE: Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

  • Posted by coho z8/9 N. Calif (My Page) on
    Sun, May 21, 06 at 23:56

Dug all my un-named purple stripes yesterday. Most are 2&1/2" or larger.Normally would be around June 15th.


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RE: Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

Are you saying they started to die down early coho? Mine seem to be hanging in there longer than usual.


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RE: Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

  • Posted by coho z8/9 N. Calif (My Page) on
    Tue, May 23, 06 at 23:47

I used the 5 green leaves left, pull the head approach. Quite pleased with the results.


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RE: Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

The Music was a total loss; guess it just won't take this climate. The Siberian didn't do much either. There were a lot of rotted bulbs in both, and those not rotted didn't develop well. I may try a few hills of the Siberian again as I really like the large cloves when it does develop as it should.
Lorz Italian and Ajo Rojo Creole seemed to grow off better than last year. I'll dig the Creole Red, Burgundy Creole, and Spanish Morado Creole today.


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RE: Nobody talkin' bout diggin' garlic yet!

Please post about the size on the creoles; I was dissappointed with mine the last two years and did not try them this year.I did plant a few unlabled ones from last year and the plants are pretty small so maybe ther ARE creoles...


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