Late autumn to early winter is the best time to plant out garlic and it is dead easy to do!

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Buy your garlic bulbs from a local gardening shop or swap with a neighbour who can vouch for the suitability of the bulbs. Don’t use bulbs you have bought from the supermarket as it is unlikely they will be viable.

Dig in organic matter before planting and try to find a sunny, well-drained spot. Split the bulb into cloves and plant them so the tips are 2.5cm (1in) below the soil, 15cm apart, in rows 30cm apart.

The birds could wreak havoc so it is a good idea to cover your newly planted area with horticultural fleece or netting.

Your garlic should be ready for harvesting next summer.

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