Garlic Farm, IOW, reporting back

If you've discovered a wonderful eaterie in the foothills of the Himalayas or want to know the hip place to eat during your forthcoming trip to Cape Town, here's the place to post!

 
 
 

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Country Girl at Heart

Garlic Farm, IOW, reporting back

Having returned from my little break I thought I would let you know that we found the garlic farm, and would definately recommend it for any foodie visiting the island. The range of garlic products is quite amazing, and the cafe, which only opened this year, already draws in a large crowd. The food was perhaps a little pricey, but certainly tasty and well presented. Go, if you get the chance. Otherwise they have a website: www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk. We also found a great tapas bar in Ventnor called The Met, but thats another story.
CG@H

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Liz from Cumbria

Garlic

Had a look at their website CGAH and it looks fab - an order for growing my own coming up I think. Thank you for the link.

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Guacamole

Growing garlic

Hi Liz,
Growing garlic is really easy - just plant individual cloves and, when the leaves die back, its produced a whole bulb. It might be better if the garlic is a bit 'past its best' with that little green shoot in the middle, but I've never used special seed garlic..just the end of a shop bought bulb. THe fancy ones from the Garlic farm could be cool though!
G

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Liz from Cumbria

Re: growing garlic

"Hi Liz,
Growing garlic is really easy - just plant individual cloves and, when the leaves die back, its produced a whole bulb. It might be better if the garlic is a bit 'past its best' with that little green shoot in the middle, but I've never used special seed garlic..just the end of a shop bought bulb. THe fancy ones from the Garlic farm could be cool though!
G "

Thanks G - I had been told that using a bulb from the supermarket garlic wouldn't be good - but I guess that's because the garlic growers would sell less. When's a good time to plant please?

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Welshcookie

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I try to get mine in during half-term, that is the end of October or thereabouts. The green shoots coming up in Winter really cheer me up. You can plant later, or in individual pots in the greenhouse for later planting, but the earlier the better really is best.

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Welshcookie

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Also, try and only plant cloves from the outside of the bulb, they are the best. And the bigger the clove the better.

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Biggles !

Garlic...

is best planted in well draining soil, doesn't like having boggy wet feet through the winter. Should be ready for harvesting in August.

If you have a warmer climate you might get away with planting the bulbs in the spring.

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Expat Badger

garlic

is it hardy? Gets bloomin' cold here in winter (-30 or less). Don't have a greenhouse....

I must be able to grow some stuff as when i was weeding a bed that looked suspiciously like a veg patch i pulled up a carrot!

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Welshcookie

garlic

That sounds very much colder than we get here in UK. Try a few, maybe, but not all of them. Save the rest for spring, you can always start them off in a cold frame or grenhouse.

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Expat Badger

garlic

thanks - i'll give it a whirl

made me think - should get on the gardening threads to see if anyone knows about growing when you have harsh winters and whether i should bother or not!

 
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