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Oct 2, 2021 3:31 PM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
I've been wanting to make beds for awhile now, and with lumber prices down finally I picked up stuff to make quite a few for next year. The main focus was getting one filled and ready to try planting garlic in this fall. I ordered various types hopefully well suited to my zone from the garlic store, and have been patiently waiting there arrival for awhile now.

We picked up 3 yards of potting soil this morning and got the first bed filled. I have lumber for 4 more, (3x12' --14.5" tall), I'm excited to try using the rest of them for beans and perhaps some cool weather crops early in the spring. It will be nice to not have to wait for the ground to dry out in order to till.



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Oct 2, 2021 6:42 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Looking good, Binford! Thumbs up
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Oct 3, 2021 6:20 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Beautiful beds I tip my hat to you. are you sure you want to junk them up with a bunch of plants- just kidding!
I'll plant some garlic when a local favorite store gets them in, loose, per pound or per bulb, just a couple.
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Oct 4, 2021 11:47 PM CST
Long Island, New York (Zone 7b)
I have a few empty beds that I would love to put to use durring the winter. This seems perfect for me. How do I go about planting garlic? Do I literally plant bulbs from the supermarket, or am I sourcing seeds from a distributor?
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Oct 5, 2021 1:38 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Local garden centers may sell prepackaged bags of garlic, or loose garlic. Look to your state universities for extension service advice. Heres mine and yours should not be much different

https://extension.umd.edu/reso...

It will be in the bed all winter and maybe through June. So you cant grow anything else there in spring. But can grow some thing after like bush beans. Or leafy greens or brassica for fall.
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Oct 5, 2021 2:57 PM CST
Long Island, New York (Zone 7b)
Sally! I have never heard of university extension services. They seem like incredibly useful resources. Thank you so much for the direction. This is exactly the type of guidance that I was hoping for.

Thank you again ☺️
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Oct 5, 2021 6:26 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Welcome to NGA, @GrowItToCookIt Smiling

I think Cornell has the extension services in NY - they absolutely are a wonderful resource!
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Oct 10, 2021 11:50 AM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
GrowItToCookIt said:I have a few empty beds that I would love to put to use durring the winter. This seems perfect for me. How do I go about planting garlic? Do I literally plant bulbs from the supermarket, or am I sourcing seeds from a distributor?




From what I've gathered during my searches, "grocery store" garlic is far too dried and aged to be good growing stock.

Mine should be arriving any day now, looking forward to trying it!
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Oct 10, 2021 5:15 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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I got my local garlic and planted, this is on the early end of time for my location. The bulk garlic heads this place got were kind of shriveled but I got about seven cloves per head at $1.79 a head. Crossing Fingers!
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Oct 12, 2021 6:37 AM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
Almost have 4 beds ready now!


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Oct 27, 2021 11:43 AM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
Woo, my garlic has finally shipped. Looks like I'll be planting it this weekend. Still need to decide what to mulch it with.
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Oct 27, 2021 11:47 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Yay!
And I found a. Sprout from one of my cloves planted about 17 days ago.
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Oct 27, 2021 5:15 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Sally, is that a good thing? (I'm pretty sure the winter here would kill any sprouts and the bulb would have to start over... but I've never had mine start sprouting before things froze up - and I know you're in a much different climate!)
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Oct 27, 2021 5:23 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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Sandy, I think it is normal, and desired, our winters are milder than yours.
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Oct 27, 2021 5:26 PM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
Nice!

Hopefully mine get started the same before the weather turns cold cold.
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Oct 27, 2021 6:17 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters
sallyg said: Sandy, I think it is normal, and desired, our winters are milder than yours.


Yes, pretty sure you are right about that! Big Grin
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Nov 8, 2021 1:03 PM CST

I started out purchasing 4 heads of locally grown garlic, broke the heads into cloves and planted them in 2020 and now I have about 160 cloves. Hey it's November! Better get them in quick before the ground freezes. Time flies. Growing garlic is fun because it easily plants at a time of year when you just want to get a little more gardening in before the snow flies. Mine is German red I believe. Medium sized cloves. About 8 per head. 2020 cloves were ready to pick early July. Fun crop!
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Nov 8, 2021 3:13 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Bee Lover Butterflies Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Enjoys or suffers cold winters
"Fun crop!"

I agree
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight." ~ Albert Schweitzer /
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Nov 9, 2021 7:16 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
Let's all play ukulele
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Keeper of Poultry Vegetable Grower Region: Maryland Composter
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Region: United States of America Cat Lover Birds Butterflies
I agree
Good idea to buy the local grown ( sold for eating?) garlic.
And this year I think I found just the right spot, where I won't be looking at them in May thinking.. 'what was I thinking?? I want to plant XX here right now.'' Hurray!
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Nov 11, 2021 10:37 AM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
160? wow!

I wound up almost completely filling a 3x12' raised bed with the cloves I bought- 4 different varieties. Will be neat to see how it does!

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