You can plant garlic anytime from late autumn to early spring, but the best bet is in October or November for an earlier harvest in June and July.
As always, incorporate lots of quality organic matter before you plant garlic and try to find a sunny, well-drained spot.
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.
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.
Leave your garlic to work its magic in the soil and enjoy the following summer.
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