Nation of Gardeners results: Garlic Solent Wight pot grown

Garlic Solent WightGarlic Solent Wight produces very large bulbs and is a softneck variety which makes them better for storage.  All of Mr Fothergill’s garlic is grown on the Isle of Wight in the traditional way, and though most people plant into open ground, they can also be grown in pots on the patio.

Our Nation of Gardeners were originally asked to plant Garlic Solent Wight 1″ deep in October 2013 to test autumn sowing against spring sowing.  In February 2014 our gardeners were asked to plant out another batch of Garlic Solent Wight as a comparative trial against the October sown bulbs.  And then finally in March 2014, they were asked to plant out 3 pot grown garlic plants to test if the plants will bolt quicker if grown on by the Mr Fothergill’s nurserymen in this way.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 13 March 13 March Planted in open ground in west facing position.
Renfrewshire 28m 15 March Planted out in raised bed
North Devon 30-50m 17 March 24 March 23/03 – seem very settled, hard to spot first signs of growth as look so at home! Planted in raised bed with sout east facing aspect
Worcestershire 55m
Herefordshire 16 March 16 March Planted in raised bed on open site
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 13 March In pots outdoors
Bristol 55m 13 March 14 March Planted in raised bed on open site
Suffolk 6m 13 March Planted in open ground
Hertfordshire 150m 23 March 23 March Planted in south facing window box
Surrey 58m 20 March 26 March Planted in raised bed south west facing
Pontypridd 157m 15 March 26 March Planted in open ground in south facing position. Look healthy not much happened but plants are now slightly taller 13/04/2014
Buckinghamshire 66m 13 March 13 March Planted in open ground
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 13 March 13 March Planted out in greenhouse
Moray 30 March Planted into open ground
Derbyshire 241m 16 March 16 March Planted in open ground on south facing plot. Well established and look similar in height and development to autumn sown bulbs.

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