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They grow from cloves just like garlic. They are great for roasting because they are so big.
If they leeks Lynn, do the elephant garlics grow from seeds or do we have to find the garlic bulbs to plant? They sound so yummy. I can imagine them roasted with pumpkin and kumera. Mouth watering!!
The cloves are a lot larger, Rex, but the flavour is milder. Of course, they're not actually a true garlic at all, but a bulbous leek with big fat cloves.
Lynn, does the elephant garlic have more flavour or is it just bigger?
Planted garlic and elephant garlic today in well fed friable soil with lots of mulch on top. Not a big job, but very pleasurable. 1 degree frost this morning turned into a stunning day. Ahhhh...the simple pleasures of life!
Wow, Penny, they look impressive. Wouldn't mind growing some myself!
My garden is settling into it's new place. The severe frosts have culled out the weak mesclun and a couple of weak leeks...but all in all, doing pretty OK. I'm readying to plant garlic and elephant garlic over the weekend.
Yesterday I pulled out my beans and zucchini rampicante [cooking4theweek.blogspot.co.nz] and slashed back the comfrey. I made a big compost pile on one garden bed and got another bed ready for planting. In a couple of days I will plant broccoli, cabbages, rocket, carrots, onions, garlic, shallots, tree onions, rocket, pak choi, turnips, kohlrabi and leeks. I scored 2 large mature zucchini rampicante and a couple of immature ones - it will be interesting to see what the mature fruit taste like. We ate plenty of immature ones over the summer and they were just like zucchini. I will definitely plant this again but I might try it in the orchard as it is a bit triffid-like.
It seems rabbits have good taste! LOL Well, Richard, I have never had trouble with wormwood self seeding. Stay away from the yarrow if you're concerned about that though, as it definitely does self seed. (it probably is already in the park anyway).
Eeps, Kate, screaming rabbits! Doesn't sound pleasant. I hope you both manage to find a solution that's satisfactory all round
I put up an electric fence. Last night I heard rabbits screaming. I felt a bit mean. But they still came in and did more damage. Perhaps they will learn not to come near again after a few shocks. How intelligent are rabbits? I will plant more repelling herbs. Where is the best place to find yarrow and meadowsweet?
Lynn, we are 50 metres from a National Park boundary - which of those four perennials would best stay put and not self-seed into the bush?
We have inherited one raised bed (fenced) and have just started work to enlarge it into a fan-shaped garden about 8m per side, using a tin fence upwind (and up-blackberry) and wire elsewhere.
I planted leeks in an unfenced bed thinking rabbits wouldn't like them, but after 3 weeks found them neatly cropped to ground level. However, they have resurged, hopefully stronger for the experience, and are now fenced.
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