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Common Household Remedies Request

Can it really be true that, since now is the time to plan garlic, I can just go to the supermarket, buy a bag of garlic, and plant it?

I always promise myself I'm going to do that "this year," and then never do. Readers?

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Jay's picture
Submitted by Jay on

I've had the same thoughts about waiting for the Okra to go to seed so I can collect the seeds, then pulling them up and planting some garlic bulbs. Two thoughts:

If you get bulbs at the grocery store, make sure they're US not Chinese; apparently the Chinese bulbs undergo a chemical/drying process that makes them unviable. Either way, don't be surprised if they don't sprout.

A gardener I respect says that the best thing to do is plant garlic seeds after the first frost for a spring/summer harvest. Maybe due to the above problems. Haven't looked into it; most of the seed selections are very sparse in the stores now.

jo6pac's picture
Submitted by jo6pac on

just break the bulbs down to cloves and plant pointed side up. I do wish you would stop reminding me of thing I need to do also;)

quixote's picture
Submitted by quixote on

Joe's right. If you want chapter and verse on garlic growing, there's always the RHS. Ignore them about not using supermarket cloves. If they'll sprout, they'll grow. If you want to get super-good garlic, get some from your local farmers' market. (If there is one.)