How to: Grow delicious garlic

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Garlic is one of the most versatile ingredients around, adding a delicious flavour to roasts, sauces, casseroles and more. It’s easy to grow in the garden too, which is a bonus if it’s a staple in your kitchen and you need a ready supply. Autumn’s the best time to get planting (October’s ideal as the cold will produce larger bulbs), although you’ll still get good results if you plant in January. 

Garlic bulbs at your local garden centre have been bred for local conditions so they will generally store better than supermarket options. Plant garlic in the sunniest spot you have, and don’t worry if you haven’t any room in the ground – it’ll do perfectly well in a container, meaning you can grow it on a patio if you like.

Don’t forget to look out for unusual varieties – white, purple and giant types are all available, each with its own unique flavour. Delicious!

What you’ll need:

  • Garlic bulbs
  • Garden string
  • Hand trowel
  • Watering can
  • Plant label and pen

Step 1
Break your garlic bulbs into individual cloves, making sure you keep different varieties separate so they don’t get muddled. 

Step 2
Create a straight line on the ground with string where you want to grow the garlic – this will act as a planting guide.

Step 3
Position the cloves on the ground, spacing them roughly 10cm apart. Make sure the earth is weed free.

Step 4
Plant the cloves with a trowel (or just push them into the ground with you fingers) so their tips are just below the surface.

Step 5
Label the cloves with their variety name and give them a good drink to settle the soil around them.

Step 6
Now it’s time to wait and watch as your cloves shoot and begin to grow. 

Top tips:

• Water garlic regularly, especially when it begins to grow and during hot weather – this will ensure you get the best possible crop.
• Add grit to the bottom of planting holes if you have very soggy or claggy soil – this will stop cloves rotting in wet conditions.