Nation of Gardeners results: Garlic Solent Wight

Garlic Solent WightGarlic Solent Wight is a softneck variety that produces very large bulbs, making 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 asked to sow Garlic Solent Wight 1″ deep in February 2014 as a comparative trial against the autumn planting of the same variety.   The gardeners were asked to record details on the bulb development and size comparisons between the two planting dates.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 February 1 March Planted in open ground in West facing position. 4 degrees C at time of planting.
Renfrewshire 28m
North Devon 30-50m 16 February 24 March Planted in open ground in South East facing position. 4 degrees C at time of planting.  27 out of 29 cloves have sprouted.
Worcestershire 55m 8 March 15 March Planted in open ground in North facing position and also into pots in the greenhouse.
Derbyshire 39m
Cumbria 90m 15 February Planted in open ground. 6 degrees C at time of planting.
Ceredigion 131m 20 February 6 March Planted in bucket in South East facing position.  14 March: Garlic planted 12/10/2013 is 28cm, Garlic planted 20/02/2014 already 10cm
Bristol 55m 17 February 24 February Planted in open ground in South facing position.
Suffolk 6m 19 February 1 March Planted out to west facing part of garden
Hertfordshire 150m 3 March 14 March Planted outside in sunny position
Surrey 58m 23 February 7 March Planted out to south east facing part of garden in raised beds and in pots.
Pontypridd 157m 20 February 7 March Planted out to south facing part of garden.  Much quicker germination than the Autumn sown ones up in just over 2 weeks
Buckinghamshire 66m 15 February 27 February Planted to pots. 27 February: First green shoots. 9 March: transplanted to ground.
Guildford 56m 23 February c. 26/27 February Planted in raised beds.
Gloucestershire 74m 13 January
Moray
Derbyshire 241m 23 Feb first bulb, 1 March second bulb 11 March Planted in two batches next to each other on south facing slope.

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