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I've recently found out that garlic is a good crop to get pereniallized in a garden area. Does anyone know 1) what are some good varieties that will multiply happily and with low maintenance and 2) if there's some fertilization requirements, being that once the area is perennialized we won't be doing crop rotation, etc.
(of course I could always throw in clover seeds every so often)

I think we'd still like to shoot for a spring harvest of garlic tops and a summer harvest of garlic. But the summer harvest leaving plenty of bulbets to make biggies for next summer. Ideas? Anecdotes?
 
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How does it perenialize?  What is that like?
 
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So there's a bed here that's just full of garlic, and all different ages. It just kind of seems like someone forgot to harvest it years ago and the garlic tops fell to the ground, and the garlic just kept sprouting and spreading. And then a friend saw that and said that garlic can often perennialize, so I'm looking for more info.

I like that I can pull out the big heads, live the young, thin plants, and that those youngsters then get bigger.

Why not just keep this bed going? It's in a bad spot for our plans, and the variety isn't so good. So I want to experiment with sunnier conditions and a tastier variety that will still spread.
 
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I wonder if it is really perenializing or just reseeding? I can see where it could perenialize because I over winter all my garlic. It dies back a bit in the winter and then comes on strong in spring. I spring planted some this year and the heads were not big by the time the hot weather rolled in and they started to die back. still tasty though.
 
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it's kind of like 'bulb reseeding', like the variety itself just seems to Shed little bulbets that we don't bother to harvest. maybe this variety isn't so bad if noone else has experience with others that shed. maybe i'll just keep it and try to improve soil/sun conditions to just make it tastier.
 
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Makes sense to use a variety that has already proven successful! the right fertilizer ought to maximize sweetness. Let us know how well you tweak the strain you have!
 
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Looking around the web, several site indicate that garlic is a perennial as it is.  It would be interesting to mark a spot where it grows (or plant it), then leave a for a few years.  Then dig it up and examine it.  Theoretically, there should be quite a few bulbs of all sizes.

Yet another thing for the To Do list...

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