Monday, 18 October 2010

overwintering garlic

Now is the time to plant overwintering garlic.

The big cloves we use are thermidrome - the ones from the supermarkets rarely work well- and these are broken into their individual bulblets.

Joy Larkcom tells us to plant our cloves 5 or 6 inches deep on sandy soils*. Here you can see the job almost completed. A good trowel does the job digging out the deep holes and then being used to space the bulblets in staggered rows.

I raked and firmed the ground gently.

And now wait for the little bulbs to enjoy the last of the warm soil and begin to establish a good root system before filling the plot with broad, aromatic leaves in the spring.

*Oops - see comment from Lisa...

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