Growing Garlic – Allium Sativum
Regarded by many cooks as essential seasoning in a variety of dishes, garlic is fairly expensive to buy but easy to grow. A bulbous plant that takes up little room, it may be grown as an edging to other crops or to borders. When mature the bulbs are coin-posed of a number of small, flattish bulbs or cloves; these are the pieces used in cooking and from which the crop is grown.
Plant the cloves 40-50 mm (1-1/2 – 2 in) deep and about 100-125 mm (4-5 in) apart, and firm them in. The larger, outer cloves on the bulb are best. In particularly warm areas with sheltered gardens the cloves may be planted in the autumn; otherwise, plant in February to March. The should be enriched with compost some time before planting, and must be well-drained. The site should be sunny. Keep the soil weed-free and well watered in dry weather.
When the stems are about 150 mm (6 in) high, feed the plants with a high-nitrogen fertiliser. Then in early July, before the leaves start to turn yellow, apply a potash fertiliser.
Soil: Good, well-drained