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Potting up your garlic

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September 15, 2012 — Can you grow garlic in containers over the winter? Mike McGrath changes his position on this topic of great importance to ground-free growers. Plus: Dr. Lee Reich on the easiest — and most difficult — fruits; and your fabulous phone calls.

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Question of the Week

I grow a variety of veggies in large pots (‘townhouse farming’). I am reading up on garlic as I’d like to add it to my gardening adventures. Since my growing space is limited to large pots, is there something the garlic should NOT be planted with? Or perhaps something that would make a good bunkmate? I grow lots of tomatoes, strawberries, potatoes, hot peppers, herbs, more herbs, and spring peas. I appreciate your time!  Get the answer »

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  • Marc Skillman

    Garlic Goof-up
    Hi Mike, Love the show and the knowledge you impart!
    I am in zone 7 in west chester pa. I forgot to plant my garlic this past fall. The cloves still look ok to plant and I am trying to figure out if I can plant inside in containers under fluorescent lights like seed starts, until I can plant the cloves outside. I plant in compost improved raised beds and I was also considering building a cold frame over one of the beds to start the garlic, but I worry about severe cold snaps we occasionally get. Any input how I can salvage my 2nd generation garlic? Thanks again for all your help!



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