Garlic is the perfect 'beginners vegetable'. There really is nothing easier to grow in the veg garden than these cornerstones of cuisine..
That's not to say, of course, that they will just grow anywhere, willy-nilly, but if you start them right, then you can just pretty much sit back and wait until next July, when you pull them from the ground, ripe and ready! What could be easier than that?!
There are two main times for planting garlic - NOW and February.
The Autumn/Winter sown varieties give you bigger bulbs and fatter cloves and will store for about 6 months. Spring sowings give you smaller bulbs but with potential to last a bit longer in storage.
To save you the leg work.. 'Theardore' variety is perfect for sowing before the end of December. Buy from Tamar Organics and you'll have gorgeous, plump cloves ready for next summer.
How To: Separate the cloves into individuals. Push, root down, into well prepped soil, until tips are buried just below the surface, Space each about 6 inches apart. Each clove will grow underground to form a whole new bulb of garlic.
This is how they'll look next June... Magic!
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