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Old 07-14-2014, 11:57 AM   #11
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Just curious.

Why do the cloves have to be sprouting? Couldn't you just buy a head of garlic, separate the cloves and plant them?
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:00 PM   #12
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Just curious.

Why do the cloves have to be sprouting? Couldn't you just buy a head of garlic, separate the cloves and plant them?

Sprouted cloves are bitter, so rather than throwing them away, why not plant them? You could also use an unsprouted head, but you wouldn't have garlic to eat right then.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:39 PM   #13
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Sprouted cloves are bitter, so rather than throwing them away, why not plant them? You could also use an unsprouted head, but you wouldn't have garlic to eat right then.
Exactly
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:49 PM   #14
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And some grocery store garlic is sprayed with something that inhibits sprouting.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:45 PM   #15
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Just curious.

Why do the cloves have to be sprouting? Couldn't you just buy a head of garlic, separate the cloves and plant them?

This what you do to plant garlic; separate a head of garlic into cloves and plant them.

What I am finding confusing or misleading about this thread is this. This thread is about salvaging a sprouting head of garlic that is not fit to use in cooking. It is not necessarily the preferred method of planting an intentional crop of garlic. To get the largest garlic bulbs possible, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested the following summer.
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:55 PM   #16
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This what you do to plant garlic; separate a head of garlic into cloves and plant them.

What I am finding confusing or misleading about this thread is this. This thread is about salvaging a sprouting head of garlic that is not fit to use in cooking. It is not necessarily the preferred method of planting an intentional crop of garlic. To get the largest garlic bulbs possible, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested the following summer.
After reading your posts from long ago.I thought you had mentioned that you used to plant the in the fall, harvest them in the summer.

I've planted cloves that were store bought,sprouting into large ceramic planters on my patio.Had no problems. They weren't as large at the time of picking as the store bought were originally.They grew anyways.
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:44 PM   #17
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This what you do to plant garlic; separate a head of garlic into cloves and plant them.

What I am finding confusing or misleading about this thread is this. This thread is about salvaging a sprouting head of garlic that is not fit to use in cooking. It is not necessarily the preferred method of planting an intentional crop of garlic. To get the largest garlic bulbs possible, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested the following summer.
This thread isn't about getting the largest bulbs possible; it's about salvaging a sprouting head of garlic, just like you said. I don't see what is misleading about that. I think it's pretty clear in the OP what it's about. Also, if you look at the third photo I posted, Those bulbs are pretty big. That's my husband's forearm behind them
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:57 PM   #18
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And some grocery store garlic is sprayed with something that inhibits sprouting.
So you know that it is rigorous!
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:49 AM   #19
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Garlic is a heavy feeder and it needs to be free of weeds to get really big. I bought some WalMart garlic 4 years ago and planted it--I haven't purchased garlic since then. It is a little hard to peel, but it keeps really well, and tastes great.

I plant in the fall, mulch with chicken litter and straw, and dig it in late June. My current crop is curing in the garage as we speak--I had almost a five gallon bucket full of heads from a 4 by 10 bed.

Pickled garlic is really, really good. The easiest way to peel mass quantities of garlic is to toss the cloves into boiling water for 30 seconds or so. The cloves pop right out of the peel.
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This what you do to plant garlic; separate a head of garlic into cloves and plant them.

What I am finding confusing or misleading about this thread is this. This thread is about salvaging a sprouting head of garlic that is not fit to use in cooking. It is not necessarily the preferred method of planting an intentional crop of garlic. To get the largest garlic bulbs possible, garlic is planted in the fall and harvested the following summer.
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After reading your posts from long ago.I thought you had mentioned that you used to plant the in the fall, harvest them in the summer.

I've planted cloves that were store bought,sprouting into large ceramic planters on my patio.Had no problems. They weren't as large at the time of picking as the store bought were originally.They grew anyways.
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Garlic is a heavy feeder and it needs to be free of weeds to get really big. I bought some WalMart garlic 4 years ago and planted it--I haven't purchased garlic since then. It is a little hard to peel, but it keeps really well, and tastes great.

I plant in the fall, mulch with chicken litter and straw, and dig it in late June. My current crop is curing in the garage as we speak--I had almost a five gallon bucket full of heads from a 4 by 10 bed.

Pickled garlic is really, really good. The easiest way to peel mass quantities of garlic is to toss the cloves into boiling water for 30 seconds or so. The cloves pop right out of the peel.
I want to grow garlic now. I want big bulbs. I want tasty garlic.

I have had people ask me if i wanted garlic they grew and of course I said yes.
They looked more like over done green onions. Skinny and not garlic like.
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