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I hope you planted a lot then! :) It's early season still, just saying…
 

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i've planted garlic here the day before the ground froze and it did ok. it does depend upon what type of garlic you have and such, but if the garlic otherwise will do ok in your area and soils it should be ok. it may not be optimal, but i think it will be ok.

p.s. green garlic is an easy crop.
 

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I planted a little garlic a week or so ago - guess I need to check on it eventually and see if it's sprouted. How long does it take?
 

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i've planted garlic here the day before the ground froze and it did ok. it does depend upon what type of garlic you have and such, but if the garlic otherwise will do ok in your area and soils it should be ok. it may not be optimal, but i think it will be ok.

p.s. green garlic is an easy crop.
I have planted garlic in December, in frozen ground using a pick to whack out a hole to drop the clove in and then stomping the frozen soil chunk back over it. Brutal I know, but it grew just fine and I got a good harvest. I don't recommend this method, but sometimes if you procrastinate long enough you turn into a mad scientist.
 

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I have planted garlic in December, in frozen ground using a pick to whack out a hole to drop the clove in and then stomping the frozen soil chunk back over it. Brutal I know, but it grew just fine and I got a good harvest. I don't recommend this method, but sometimes if you procrastinate long enough you turn into a mad scientist.
hahaha! i can see it! :) nice swing! :)
 

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I planted a little garlic a week or so ago - guess I need to check on it eventually and see if it's sprouted. How long does it take?
if it got watered in when it was planted there will likely be some roots on the bottom and green growing from the top already. the garlic here starts regrowing towards the end of summer from the bulbs that formed during the previous growing season if they're left in the ground.
 

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I've tried and tried and tired to get garlic to grow. I've been disappointed everytime. We get way to much rain and I don't want to put in raised beds. But look, here is Mr. Green Thumb @Chic Rustler growing garlic in raised beds in the middle of winter somewhere in Texas.
 

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I've tried and tried and tired to get garlic to grow. I've been disappointed everytime. We get way to much rain and I don't want to put in raised beds. But look, here is Mr. Green Thumb @Chic Rustler growing garlic in raised beds in the middle of winter somewhere in Texas.
you can harvest green garlic any time you'd like once it starts regrowing, but the nicest stalks will come from cloves planted extra deep and let to grow for a while into the spring. you can harvest it as green garlic up until a few weeks before the tunics in the bulbs start to harden up.

you don't need a formal raised bed to grow garlic. i just heap up the garden soil and that is my raised bed in some of the gardens. that's what i'm doing this year too as the garlic is planted in only part of one garden so the edge will gradually change through the season, but it is a big enough area that the whole thing won't wash away in the rains. if you want some added stability you can tamp the edge down with your foot and mulch over the edge only to protect it from the rains. i don't usually have enough mulch to do that so the clay in the soil has to be enough. that is how i do all my raised areas in the bigger gardens. i like having that flexibility of not having a formal edge when the next planting comes along i can change it how i'd like without too much fussing around.

PM your address early next fall to me and i'll be glad to send you some seed garlic and scape bulbs to get some hard neck garlic going. i only grow a small supply but i'm always happy to send it out to anyone who wants it. it's a pretty hot garlic but does great here, i never mulch it in the coldest of winters and the bulbs can get pretty big with cloves the size of my thumb (always plant the largest cloves with plenty of space and they do well). if you are going to eat it as green garlic you can plant the ones you plan to pull up early in a closer arrangement.
 
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