Starting garlic in pots

My recently acquired half plot is terribly weedy and I haven't managed to clear a space yet for my garlic. I would like to start them off in pots and move them to the plot once it has been cleared, in the late winter or early spring. One item I have seen online suggests 3" pots and another at least six inches deep. Could anyone put me right please? The garlic won't grow to maturity in the pots.
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  • Linda32Linda32 Forumite
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    Find any pot you have that means you can plant the cloves 3 times their own depth. Leave the spacing to enable each clove to grow into a full bulb.

    Do that now, water once, and leave outside until June when the stems will die off.

    Leave in the pot, no need to move to a bed.

    I've got an allotment and free beds at home and if I grew it, I would still grow in a pot.
  • Living_proofLiving_proof Forumite
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    Linda32 wrote: »
    Find any pot you have that means you can plant the cloves 3 times their own depth. Leave the spacing to enable each clove to grow into a full bulb.

    Do that now, water once, and leave outside until June when the stems will die off.

    Leave in the pot, no need to move to a bed.

    I've got an allotment and free beds at home and if I grew it, I would still grow in a pot.

    Thanks Linda, I certainly have more than enough pots. I also have some polystyrene fish boxes which are quite deep so may use those as they will be easier to keep watered (and upright, as I live in a pretty windy location!).
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  • DaftyDuckDaftyDuck Forumite
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    Above all, it needs excellent drainage. If it's dry for a month it will survive - thrive even, but leave it overwet for a couple of days and it will rot to nothing.

    But once in pots, leave it there. It will be more than happy.
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