Earlier in the year I decided to have a go at growing garlic as we’re about 40 miles from the Isle of Wight which is one of the UK’s leading areas for growing garlic.
I’ve tried to grow it before using supermarket garlic but without much success, so this year I bought some bulbs from the local garden centre called ‘Lautrec White‘.
In mid early April I prepared a small patch in the kitchen garden, first removing the weeds, then digging in a little bone meal as garlic bulbs like to have a well established root system. Then I planted the bulbs about 6″ apart and covered them with some wire netting to stop the birds (and chickens) from scratching them out.
Apart from keeping the weeds down and regular watering in the dry weather, that’s about all I did for them.
Exactly 12 weeks later I was lifting some lovely garlic bulbs ready for storing. You can tell when they need lifting as the top of the leaves bend over and start to go yellow.
I leave them on the surface of the soil for about a week to dry out, then I tie them in a garlic string, and they are stored at the back of the shed where it’s cool .
We harvested about 60 bulbs in all ….. should keep the vampires away for a while! 🙂