Planting Garlic.

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I want to plant garlic. Can a plant a bulb that i bought from the supermarket, or are the ones in the garden centres different ?

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    SilvertabbySilvertabby Forumite
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    edited 25 September 2017 at 7:36PM
    I buy my garlic bulbs for planting from my local garden centre.

    Supermarket garlic is probably imported, and so may not be suitable for the UK climate.
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    You can - and it will grow and give you a crop. The downside is it may have come from Spain, China, Morocco or numerous other places and be more used to their weather conditions.

    With the garden centre bulbs - you know what variety they are and that they should be more suitable for our climate.

    But if you want to save some cash - give it a go and see what happens.
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    The other potential issue is that the supermarket one might not have resistance to diseases more common in our climate.

    But I've done it with a few bulbs left over that were sprouting and they've been fine in pots outside as long as they've had exposure to cold weather to help them split into cloves (although when they don't, it's quite fun, as there's nowhere near as much peeling to worry about and they've still tasted fine). Same with spring onions and normal onions. Not exactly agricultural show quality results, but they've all been edible and technically free as they would have been composted otherwise.

    And the sprouting spuds in the cupboard were a resounding success when left to their own devices outside - and I forgot about the packet of dried peas that kept me in fresh pods for years.


    Nice, fat cloves are most likely to give the best results.
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  • I suggest that to start with you buy bulbs from the garden centre for the reasons given above. When you harvest the crop set aside some of the best bulbs and use the outer large cloves from these for next years planting. Use the smaller inner cloves in the kitchen. Follow this procedure on an annual basis. I have done this for the past 6 years and haven't had to buy garlic for planting or the kitchen since my initial purchase.
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    I buy my garlic bulbs for planting from my local garden centre.

    Supermarket garlic is probably imported, and so may not be suitable for the UK climate.

    You should see country of origin on the sale info in the supermarket, so you could choose a U.K. sourced product.

    I use a supermarket hardneck garlic for home growing, but in my case I know that the farm it comes from is nearer to my home than the supermarket! :)
  • I would recommend a garden centre one - some supermarket garlic has been sprayed with a chemical to try and prevent it sprouting in storage.

    I've personally had better results however with mail order garlic from people like Marshalls etc. We get a much better crop from these more specialised fruit/vegetable seed suppliers online than from stock from our local garden centres (both independent and chain garden centres). May cost a bit more for the seed bulbs - however the better yield at harvest justifies it for me.
  • I always use ordinary light bulbs. How are you going to build it?
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    I always use ordinary light bulbs. How are you going to build it?

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    I threw some shop cloves that were sprouting into a bed earlier this year they did nothing, some are shooting now.

    Trying wilko this time got 28 cloves from 3 bulbs £2 , filled 1/2 a bed.
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