Although, last week was gloriously sunny and kind to us here in the UK, the temperature started to drop significantly. Our driveway is covered in a carpet of fallen leaves and new spider webs appear on the fence every day. The autumn is settling in.
This is the perfect time to plant garlic!
If you’ve never planted garlic before, don’t worry. There is plenty of information available, including this website (top menu) and, most importantly, growing garlic is easy!
How to plant and grow garlic
I got bought my garlic seed from The Garlic Farm during the holiday in July. I’d discourage growing garlic from bulbs bought in a supermarket. They are not suitable really and a healthy, disease free seeds can be easily ordered online. Here are direct, reputable suppliers, who grow, sell and have tonnes of knowledge about their seeds.
Garlic loves sun and shouldn’t have to compete for it. I picked a sunny spot, which should keep the garlic loving plants happy. Previous house owners used to have a fish pond there and we were thinking to restore it, but with all the work inside the house this idea was put away for the time being. In the meantime, I’ll grow my garlic in there! 🙂
Good time to plant garlic is after the first freeze.
Place cloves 3-4 cm below the surface of the ground, root up and at least 6” apart.
If you plant your garlic in pots plant 4 steads in 8″ pot and 8 steads in 12″ pot.
Stop watering garlic 2 weeks before the harvest.
Don’t allow tall weeds overshadow garlic plant as the size of the bulb also depends on exposure to good sun light.
For more in depth information about how to plant and grow garlic go to the top menu or click on links in this post.
(There is a whole section of this website dedicated to the subject of planting and growing garlic in the top menu above the header, which provides more in depth information. )