Softneck lasts longer
Hardneck tastes better, but does not store longer than 3 months
Plant in January, needs 30days with temperature under 10 degrees
Plant October to Febuary
Grow in a sunny site. Don’t be tempted to plant garlic cloves from the supermarket though, buy from a garden centre or mail order supplier.
Garlic casts no shade and is vulnerable to being smothered by weeds. You can avoid this by removing weeds regularly before they become established.
Garlic does not need additional watering, although during spring and early summer an occasional thorough watering during dry spells will improve yields. Don’t water once the bulbs are large and well-formed, as this could encourage rotting.
Snip off any flowers that form.
Garlic grows well in any sunny, fertile site. For every square metre/yard add 50g (2oz) of general-purpose fertiliser before planting.
It is best not to plant garlic cloves bought from a supermarket – they may carry disease and may not be suited to the climate. Instead, buy them from a garden centre or mail order supplier.
Garlic is best planted in late autumn or early winter; the general rule of thumb is to plant cloves before Christmas.
Break up the bulbs and plant individual cloves just below the soil surface 15cm (6in) apart and in rows 30cm (12in) apart.
Prevent birds from pulling up the cloves by covering the rows with horticultural fleece.
Green leaves can be gathered green and used as a garnish or in salads, but the bulbs are harvested once the leaves have turned yellow.
Carefully lift them with a fork.
Lay out the bulbs to dry in an airy place. When rustling dry they can be stored in ventilated containers until you're ready to use them.
Often ‘top sets’ or garlic cloves form on the stalk. This is due to changeable weather in spring. Gather and use the top sets in the usual way.
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