Growing Calendar for Elephant Garlic Cloves
Delivery: Mid September to Late February
Not a true garlic but actually closely related to the leek, Elephant Garlic cloves produces big bulbs and big fat cloves.
The flavour is sweeter and milder than traditional garlic, making it perfect for those who are not so keen on the strong flavour of regular garlic.
Basted with olive oil and then roasted in the oven, Elephant Garlic cloves make an unusual and creamy-textured vegetable!
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As usual a very good service.
Always produces enormous cloves, even in year when we had to plant in pots. Would recommend to any serious garlic eater, for size, quantity and taste.
Starting Autumn-planting Garlic
Choose a sunny site and soil that is well drained. Incorporating bulky compost into the soil before planting will increase fertility and nutrient levels as well as improve the soil texture to make it more well-draining but at the same time adequately moisture-retentive. Garlics do not thrive in acid soils so adding lime is advisable to raise the pH and create a more alkaline soil. Plant cloves of garlic 15cm (6in) apart about 5-7cm (2-3in) deep and if planting in more than one row 30cm (12in) between rows. Plant cloves are little shallower in clay soils, but if the soil is nicely worked and well-textured plant at 5-10cm (2-4in). Water well. Consider growing under black polythene, which suppresses emerging weeds. Ridding weeds by hoeing later in the season may damage the bulb heads neat the surface of the soil.
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