Garlic is a rather special plant to us here at Haxnicks, apart from the usefulness in cooking and the fresh smell in the garden it really is one of the easiest vegetables to grow.
It is recommended that Garlic is grown in a rotation system with carrots, onions, leeks, and probably may other root vegetables, but we find it makes a great space filler between roses and other flowers, Garlic also wards off unwanted pests with it's smell. Container growing is also very worth doing if growing only for the shoots, which give a subtle and yet distinct zest to salads.
Cloves of garlic (Propagation of garlic is not usually done from seed, but rather from partially-grown cloves).
To grow well it needs a cold period of at least two months. It is thus essential to sow from mid-October to allow the roots to develop before the cold weather sets in.
- Fill the Rowplanter rows three quarters full with a multi-purpose compost
- Tap the rows on the bench to settle the compost and then place in the holding tray
- Separate the cloves of garlic (The cloves of garlic can be sown indoors in the Rowplanter by planting each clove upright (the bottom of the clove lowest in the ground) to a depth of 2.5cm deep,10cm apart.
- Push with the base down so that the top is just below the soil.
Once ready for transplanting, the entire row can be gently slid out into the prepared trench with absolutely no root disturbance.
Once the leaves go yellow brown stop watering the garlic and it can be harvested 2 to 3 weeks later and it should then be left to cure for 3 weeks.
Once the bulbs are thoroughly dried store them in a cool, ventilated place away from sun.
Tip: You can use pretty much any Garlic cloves from any shop... just break apart the cloves and each clove will produce it's own plant.