Friday, November 20

A pleasant surprise

On 27 September I planted our autumn onion sets and garlic.



After a while it looked as though something had dug up all the sets and cloves and after deciding against replanting we resigned ourselves to a crop failure.

We haven't been visiting the plot as much recently and in out absence unexpected things had been happening.
 The garlic and onions haven't been dug up after all.

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

24 comments:

  1. It's a good job you didn't go out and buy more, you'd have been inundated with them.

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    1. We had quite a few sets left, Jo but thankfully I didn't plant any more.

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  2. Excellent, it's wonderful when there's a good surprise waiting at the plot isn't it. The children planted my garlic for me, so I'm waiting to see whether it's all been put in one place, like the entire packet of radish seeds, which came up in the first two feet of the row. The rest of the row had about three radishes in it.

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    1. Maybe they learned something from that, CJ :-)

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  3. Ah well, you win some, you lose some, and this time it was your turn to win!

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  4. This Spring Brenda had about a dozen sprouting garlic cloves that she had left from a large bulb she had bought in France for cooking. I popped them into the veg garden. They grew but I forgot they were there when they died down. After reading your post I suddenly remembered and rushed out to find them sprouting again.
    i will suggest to Brenda that if she wants some garlic I can pull some of the sprouts. I am sure my suggestion will be received with derision!. Perhaps you or Mark have tried cooking with garlic 'in the green'?

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    1. I haven't, Roger. The firsy garlic that I grew was also from a bulb brought back from France.

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  5. When I plant or sow anything I reckon it has two chances. Good job you didn't replant.
    My onions and garlic planted last year did nothing and because of the issues that kept me out of the garden this year I thought they'd failed. However, just this week there are green shoots shooting up in the middle of all the weeds {yes, I have weeds} Time will tell now.

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    1. Last year was our best year ever for autumn onions, Deborah, in fact we are still eating them which was what made the perceived failure all the more disappointing.

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  6. I thought my late planted shallots had come to nought, Sue, and thought I'd pulled them all out but noticed the other day that there's lots of green shoots poking up through the soil and clumping up nicely. Trouble is the raised bed they're in is falling apart and needs to be replaced so I'll have to tread very carefully now!

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    1. Can you leave the bed in place and build around it for now, Caro and remove the old wood later.

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    2. Yes, I'll certainly give it a go. If not I'll dig deeply to remove the roots as well and replant swiftly. As I grow stuff all year round, it's going to be quite a tricky operation!

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  7. Isn't that wonderful - I love good garden surprises!

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  8. Oh all those lovely green shoots must have made you smile Sue :)

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  9. Oh....what a marvelous result! I wonder what took the so long to come up, it has been really mild hasn't it?xxx

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    1. Maybe they were busy producing roots, Dina. It wasn't just that they hadn't come up but it looked as though the ground where they were planted had been disturbed.

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  10. How lovely to see a bit of new growth. I wish I'd planted mine now, but will wait till Feb

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    1. It is good to see that some things are growing as well as things dying off, Belinda.

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  11. Finally the shots are out to make you smile! ;)

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    1. I am always happy to see green shoots, Malar.

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  12. That's really good news on the onions sue. I don't have much luck on autumn sown ones so now just plant in the spring. I do need to sort my seed order out though, hmm maybe a job for the weekend.

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