Southwest Gardening forum: Growing Garlic

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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 11, 2010 7:33 AM CST
Hi Folks - I know garlic is a winter crop but I want to grow it along the borders of my tomato and pepper gardens. If I plant some grocery store garlic now, what will it do? Nothing? Rot? Sprout?

I'd rather not wait until next fall to work on pest deterrants.

Speaking of which, anybody know where I can find tansy seed? Am sure I can find it on-line but is there a local source?

Thanks all.
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 12, 2010 4:36 PM CST
Aw c'mon.....nobody wants to talk to me about growing garlic now? Don't make me go to That Other Site!
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 12, 2010 5:29 PM CST
Mary...I think it's too late for bulb garlic, but how about substituting garlic chives?
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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 12, 2010 6:21 PM CST
Will they keep bugs and other pests away?
Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 12, 2010 6:35 PM CST
I don't know...have to do a little research on that one.
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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 13, 2010 7:39 AM CST
I guess I'll have to wait to use garlic to control pests until next season.
Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Mar 13, 2010 8:41 AM CST
Mary, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Why not plant some garlic now; it's not like you'll lose a lot of $$ if it doesn't work. Who knows? It might.
Alma
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Name: Dan
San Tan Valley, AZ
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Dann_L
Mar 13, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Alma has a good ponit there!
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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 13, 2010 10:28 AM CST
Agreed - will do
Name: Kelly
Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9a)
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locakelly
Mar 19, 2010 10:17 PM CST
McP - I planted garlic in the spring once before I knew better. It grew lotsa green tops but no bulbs, so if the tops are the deterrent you should plant some now...
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Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 20, 2010 6:36 AM CST
Chives will work. I found some info that is interesting:

http://www.ghorganics.com/page2.html

http://www.ehow.com/facts_4814961_plants-that-repel-insects-...

and this one

http://ezinearticles.com/?Planting-Your-Garden-to-Repel-Bugs...

and then this paragraph from some totally scientific kinda guy:

Abstract:

The Invention relates to a method for repelling pests, in particular insects, larvae, spiders or aphids, from a plant, in particular from a tree or bush, wherein the method comprises making a hole down to the root zone of a plant and putting a natural insect repellent composition that contains at least garlic and/or an extract thereof in this hole. As a result of the method of administration according to the invention a homogeneous distribution is achieved by take up of the composition via the roots. In addition, the invention also relates to an insect repellent composition with an enhanced activity by combining the garlic with one or more of seaweed extract, soya oil, aloe vera, nut leaf extract, parsley extract, African Marigold extract, Nepeta extract and Urtica extract as a result of which a fungicidal and/or antifungal action, improved take up and/or improved vitality of the plant is achieved.

And there you have it.....all you need to know about garlic companion planting.

Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Mar 20, 2010 9:35 AM CST
I dunno know about the 'scientific' credentials of whoever posted that. Smiling It does make me wonder if I could deter the #&*%$# spider mites and aphids by spraying the plants with eau de garlic.
Alma
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Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
Mar 25, 2010 10:42 AM CST
Mary,
Plant some Society Garlic. It's stinks like he!! and has pretty flowers and leaves. Supposed to work as a companion planting.

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/487/
Name: Mary
Phoenix Arizona
MaryMcP
Mar 25, 2010 11:28 AM CST
Good idea....got any tubers you need to split off?
Name: Judy
Phoenix, AZ
judyb
Mar 25, 2010 12:55 PM CST
I don't grow the stuff. Can't stand the smell! I used to have some, I thought if I just didn't brush the foliage or mess with it I'd be okay. Wrong. It stinks too much for me if I just get near it. But I don't like garlic.
Name: Bridgett
Sonoita, Arizona
Zone 8a
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Sonoita
Apr 1, 2010 9:42 AM CST
Whenever I have garlic that is sprouting, I stick it in the ground. I may not get big bulbs, but I get at lease one fresh and tasty large bulb that I can use in my cooking. I have a few that have been in the ground 2 years now, I wonder if they have bulbs? Confused
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rayman6422
Jun 17, 2010 6:41 PM CST
I planted several clove's off a head of elephant garlic last fall and dug one up about an hour ago.

As you can see its going dormant for the summer.

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rayman6422
Jun 17, 2010 6:43 PM CST
Cant wait to cook this up and use it as a spread on bread.


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Name: Alma
Phoenix & Cottonwood, AZ
USDA zone 9b, Sunset 13 & ??
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tomatofreak
Jun 17, 2010 7:23 PM CST
When's happy hour?
Alma
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Phoenix, Az (Zone 9b)
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FrangipaniAz
Jun 17, 2010 7:28 PM CST
My mom has garlic growing EVERYWHERE... she just kind of throws it in...
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