October 2015 saw me get my first challenge on the allotment.
One of my arch enemies in the growing world. Every time I tried I would fail and fail hard!
Rust, Rotting and not bulbing up, you name it I’ve had it.
I almost gave up trying until I got given a challenge by Marshalls Seeds.
The challenge was to try 3 varieties of Garlic which I have never heard of.
Mikulov, Bohemian rose and red duke. Challenge accepted!
I chose the best sunny site I could find at the top of the allotment.
During summer this gets 12 hours a day and during winter around 6 – 8 hours and is well drained.
So far the results are as predicted.
Bohemian rose is renowned to grow leaves as tall as 1.5m and is already way ahead on the trial.
All look like its going well so far as it should. When the weather starts warming up we should really start to see things moving.
Today saw another plot visit to check on a few things and progress is still flying along. We’ve had a LOT of rain the past few months and i was worried that they may rot.
I’m happy to say they’re thriving.
Growth is a little slow but I think this is due to the fluctuation of wet & cold then mild.
So far so good as you can see below.
This time of year it is nice to see some green 🙂
These will get a generous lashing of compost in march and left to their own devices until harvest.
I will only water when absolute necessary to help keep down any pests/ diseases.
So another visit after a few weeks and still growing really strong. All garlic is around 2-3 inches high now and looking lush!
We have had a BIG delivery of good organic compost on the plot so i treated them to a good serving.
I’ve read a few articles and almost all of them have advised a good feed in the spring and only watering during long periods of dry hot weather so this is what i will do.
So a quick visit to the plot today and what a difference!
Everything is growing really strong and healthy, look like the compost feed in March did them good.
The garlic is now 7 inches high and dark green.
Cant wait to see how much they take off now 🙂
I have been quite hard on these so far only a feed of compost in march and left to the elements all the time. I will also not water until absolute necessary and so far seem to be holding up.
So what can i say except wow! I havent been don for the past week and a half and what a suprise i got when i saw the garlic today.
We’ve had a strange few weeks weather wise and i was starting to get that dismal feeling again where the garlic would go wrong. In fact it has done the opposite.
As you can see the garlic has shot up!
All i looking very healthy all be a few weeds which were swiftly removed.
To say i’m happy is an understatement. I’ve never had to do as little maintenance as i have to these.
A fantastic variety that’s doing well in our welsh climate.
Hopefully the growth keeps up and a nice harvest will follow…
Watch this space
Still doing very well. We’ve had a mixed few weeks weather wise and event some snow late April so I was interested to see how well they have coped.
I’m glad to report that they are still romping away fully unaided and have put on around another 2 inches of growth. They are now currently just under 3ft high to the tip of the largest leaf.
I never thought I would be able to ever get them to this stage so to say I’m happy is an understatement. I’m over the moon and think I have grown a soft spot for garlic growing.
So big question: Would I recommend them?
Without a doubt! Out of all the garlic varieties I have ever tried these have been by far the best and most vigorous. Resilient to all the crazy weather that has been thrown at them and no sign of bolting or disease.
If you are also doing a trial please tweet me you’re progress I would love to see how were all doing 🙂
A BIG thanks to Marshalls Seeds for the chance to grow these, without them I wouldn’t have discovered my new found passion.
Here’s a few pictures.
Well a long time since an update but I promise you its been worth it. We’ve had a real mix of weather the past few weeks from baking sun to torrential rain and I started to fear the worst.
The garlic had been developing rust the past few weeks so in a bid to control it I removed the lower leaves and it seemed to do the trick.
Tonight I decided to go and have a look as we’ve seen a full week of rain.
I’m happy to present my fist ever garlic and I couldn’t be happier.
I will now leave the remaining bulbs grow on for the next few weeks and will harvest the lot around 4th July.
As a very amateur grower I found the growing of the garlic a daunting one at first. Various websites advising different ways to grow all with their own methods got me really confused.
With help from Marshalls Seeds I decided to give it a shot but also say stuff other methods id seen and do what we do best, Just grow it!
I didn’t till the soil and the only preparation was to add about 3 inches of compost of which the bulbs were pushed into. After that another layer in spring. I never watered them and let nature do its thing. Seems to have done the job.
I will defiantly recommend these to growers of any skill due to the very little input needed.
Happy Growing Steve