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Old 10-09-2017, 12:24 PM
 
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I read an article about growing garlic, and there is no mention anywhere of watering after being planted in the fall. I was very surprised to see that. Possibly it maybe due to rotting......

If you grow garlic in the fall, do you water them after being planted? Thank you,
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Old 10-09-2017, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Water helps all newly planted bulbs....just don't saturate the soil daily. I normally do not water, as fall rains usually take care of that. Been raising elephant garlic since the early 80's.

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Gemstone1
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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I plant them and leave them alone. Fall starts the rainy season in Dixie.
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:32 PM
 
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Toss them onto the ground, throw some leaves and dirt on them, and walk away. They take care of themselves.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:41 PM
 
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If you live where the fall and spring rains then they’ll get enough water.
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Old 10-10-2017, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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Agree with all of the above. Garlic is so easy to grow it's silly not to grow it if you have a garden. I do water when I plant, but our climate is very arid and moisture is sporadic at best especially in winter when it is very dry. A layer of mulch is helpful if you get super cold (to prevent heaving), but otherwise growing garlic is a no-nonsense affair.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:06 PM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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the articles don't mention watering because it's understood that you should water them. The key is to get them growing before the ground freezes so the cold temperatures make the bulb divide into cloves.

I planted some bulbs 2 weekends ago and watered once. One of them is already a 3 inch tall sprout.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:19 PM
 
Location: rural DE
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OK, you all make this sound easy, so I want to try it. Do you peel the cloves? And how do you know when to harvest?
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:22 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Will it grow in a pot? How big a pot would we need?
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:25 PM
 
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So just buy an elephant garlic thingie from the store and toss it in a pot, cover it with dirt & leaves, and water it the first time?

This sounds too good to be true.
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