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Does garlic get woody if you let it grow for too long?

This is more for gardening SE but as I've been growing garlic for years I'll give you an answer. As it involves the major types and differences it'll be of interest to anyone interested in using ...
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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

As far as I can tell, there is very little empirical data on garlic and mosquitoes. And all of the studies I have seen show mixed results for ingesting garlic or using garlic as a mosquito repellent. ...
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Harvest garlic year round?

You can just buy a clove of garlic from the store. No need to freeze it. Just break apart the cloves and plant them. They will grow indoors but require the much higher light levels that outdoors has....
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

You don't plant the whole bulb, but split them into cloves, and plant each of the cloves separately. Each clove will develop a new bulb that will be oriented correctly. I doubt it matters if the ...
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Do I need to wait a year before harvesting garlic?

Garlic is grown from cloves and not from seed. You plant individual cloves and these form bulbs. You then save the largest bulbs to plant the cloves the following year. This is because soft neck ...
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Will garlic that sprouted on the shelf produce new cloves?

If you have sprouted garlic, don't hesitate to plant it. It's on sale because the culinary value of sprouted garlic is decreased and because it can't be stored longer. The cloves want to grow now. ...
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Storing Garlic for Seed

One opinion here http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/garlic/save-garlic-next-year.htm Proper storage is also crucial when saving garlic stock for planting. While garlic will keep for a short ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

It matters. Not in the "critical and you won't get garlic" sense, but you will get weird misshapen garlic if they are not base down, tip up. Not my picture, but I've grown these, and it's due to mis-...
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Harvest garlic year round?

Some people put their garlic in the fridge for about 2 weeks. You aim to get a temperature of about 4 - 6 deg Celcius, so your fridge might not be cold enough. Some people have reported that garlic ...
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Will small garlic bulbs produce big bulbs?

Garlic bulb size is determined by multiple factors one of them being the size of the clove that you start with. A larger clove presumably provides more stored nutrients to sustain more vegetative ...
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Do I remove the garlic flower?

With regular garlic, you would cut it off at a certain point if you wanted bigger bulbs in the ground, or leave it on if you want bulbils/bulblets to form. FYI: You can eat garlic scapes (they're ...
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Does the garlic clove need to grow pointed end up?

Well it depends on what you want. If you are going to harvest it later on then you probably want to plant them mostly straight up and down. If you aren't harvesting, it'll probably grow just fine and ...
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What should the watering schedule for garlic be to ensure optimal growth?

Let the soil dry out a bit before watering. Dig down 1 inch into the soil. If the 1 inch of soil is dry, water it. If the leaves are wilting, or "deflated", it needs water. I mention deflated leaves ...
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How does the head of a garlic compare to its stem?

Studies show that the size of the final bulb is determined by the size of the clove that is planted. Larger cloves put out bigger leaves which results in greater photosynthesis and more energy for ...
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How to crop rotate garlic?

From my experience garlic doesn't need to be rotated unless there is a particular problem noticed the previous year. I've even heard of farmers growing alliums in the same field for 30 years straight ...
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Is this wild garlic?

Here you can see Lily of the Valley (left) and Wild garlic (right) in the same photo. As you can see, Lily of the Valley usually has two leafs, one wrapping the other on the stem, while Wild garlic ...
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What should the watering schedule for garlic be to ensure optimal growth?

Would not water every day, you can create problems. You can for one: kill the plant, there would not be any air going to the plants root and would kill of the roots. two: You could grow mold around ...
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Do I need to wait a year before harvesting garlic?

Garlic is grown from either cloves or bulbils - normally cloves. Bulbils [the small bulbs formed in the "flower" (it's not really a flower) of a hardneck (or "scape-forming") garlic scape] are ...
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How much potash should I give garlic?

Garlic’s demand for K ranges from 125 to 180 kg K2O/ha (Bertoni and Morard du L. Espagnacq, 1988; Zink, 1963). If you're autumn planting where this is Oct-Nov, then the RHS advises  Apply a ...
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Will growing Garlic in a garden keep insects away?

From my research, sort of. The garlic plant itself does not keep bugs away but when you make a paste or spray garlic water onto the plants that acts a lot like the pesticide that can be used. It helps ...
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What causes garlic leaves to grow through each other splitting them?

That's common with garlic. I don't know if there's anything specifically that causes it but you can just separate or split the leaf that's constricting the growth and it'll be fine.
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My second year garlic has flowers. Is it safe to eat?

Yes, garlic flowers are delicious. Pull the petals off and use them in your cooking. We generally put them in salads, on steaks, in rice or mashed potatoes.. Etc.
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How should I prepare garlic bulbs prior to planting?

I'd start with "consider the source" and leave this stuff at the store. Importing pests to the garden from doubtful seed sources is a learning experience you should not need to go through personally ...
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Is it bad to turn over an upside down plant?

You should plant garlic cloves base down, tip up, and in most places (yes, even with real winters) in the fall. I got mine in very late this year (Boxing day) but I have terrible results from spring ...
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Will garlic that sprouted on the shelf produce new cloves?

It will grow something. If you'd like to give it a whirl, do that. It won't grow as much as if planted in the fall (personal experience doing it both ways - I have planted well into December on years ...
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How should I deal with garlic rust after the harvest?

I would not intentionally compost any plant material with a fungal infection. Fungal spores stay dormant in the soil. Good horticultural practice says you'll plant your garlic elsewhere next year, so ...
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How to protect garlic bulbs over the winter?

Assuming that the garlic don't sprout before the ground freezes, you don't have to do anything; the bulbs are perfectly hardy on their own. I'm in zone 5 and have never had issues with frost heave ...
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Will garlic that sprouted on the shelf produce new cloves?

I planted my garlic out of season ( early spring ) and it did fine. I dug them up in late summer, and although the bulbs were a little small, I did get enough to make it worthwhile since locally grown ...
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Harvest garlic year round?

Just grow sufficient garlic and even without the fanciest storage (ie, not a super-cold refrigerator with controlled humidity and ventilation like the commercial producers use) you can eat it year ...
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What should I do with garlic I planted as whole cloves instead of breaking them up?

Just take the bulb out of the ground, separate them into cloves and plant them again. If you don't you'll end up with tightly crowded garlic bulbs each competing with each other for space and ...
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