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...I still have some special bulbils of a really nice garlic that a friend gifted me that I want to plant in a container, but apart from that I am all done with planting garlic. Happy dance! :weee

as a warning i've never had garlic do well in containers so you may want to take a few of those and plant them in a regular garden and mark that location so that you can find them later. this also helps avoid the "all in one location" risk of failure for gardening in general.
 

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as a warning i've never had garlic do well in containers so you may want to take a few of those and plant them in a regular garden and mark that location so that you can find them later. this also helps avoid the "all in one location" risk of failure for gardening in general.
Good points. The first year I planted bulbils they were in one gallon pots with no protection and I got a bumper crop, so the next year I did the same thing and almost every variety failed. Last year I planted bulbils in the ground, but I found it very difficult to keep track of the little guys, even when I marked the row well. This time I am thinking of planting bulbils in a larger pot, and sinking it in the ground for insulation. I have the same type of garlic growing from bulb, so it won't be a big deal if they winter kill.
 

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When I went to the compost this morning I noticed that almost all of the garlic is up, with the Purple Stripe family leading the pack this year. I have one small patch of 'Garlic Scallions' (aka Green Garlic); those one are under a blanket of Japanese Maple leaves, and they are looking good too! This is my first time growing garlic scallions, so I figured that if I insulate them with leaves they might mature earlier for me. I planted them at the south end of the garlic row, so that I can plant something else in that spot once they are finished.
 

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the nice thing about green garlic is that it is pretty much ready any time you want it to be once it sprouts and grows. :) you want it done sooner you can just take it out...
 

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I drove out to check on my garlic a few days ago, to see if any had emerged in our warm December, or if wind had blown off any of the hay mulch. It was a 'no' on both counts, everything still looks good. Then picked a few dry Martynia pods from the volunteer plant (which I'll post about in their proper place).
 
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