Garlic

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  1. JWK

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    I too think it's early to be digging them up. We had a very dry spring so they needed regularly watering then. Mine haven't produced scapes yet, a sign they are reaching maturity and they are green and actively growing. I am not sure but I thought garlic behaves like onions, the bulbs rapidly expand after the day length shortens I.e tomorrow!

    Elephant garlic is actually from the leek family hence the different taste.
     
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      Mine were planted on 26th October, grew well and steadily all winter. Some produced scapes around 10th May, while gradually developed rust. The stems mainly fell about three weeks ago , and have been lifted to dry. Average result on a 2nd year new garden converted to nodig from (poor)lawn. Satisfied with the result but have done better elsewhere.
       
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        I ate the scapes a few weeks ago!
         
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          Generally my garlic goes over before the onions, this year the scapes were few and small.
          @Loofah how did you prepare the scapes?
          Elephant garlic has a different flavour that I am less fond of, but the saving grace is the flower head which I and the insects like.
           
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            I usually lift my garlic some time in July, its ready before my onions but I only grow spring grown onions, maybe the overwintering types of onion would be ready around the same time.
             
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            Usually warmed through with butter on toast, but I've used them in stir fry, omelette, bean casserole... It felt sacrilegious but have also had them together with asparagus :)
             
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              @Loofah thanks for that next year if I get some I'll try a couple of those.
               
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              It's odd but they're not *that* special, yet they are at the same time! Risotto also a good one
               
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