Plant Autumn Garlic Bulbs

For the best results, garlic needs a long growing season and a good cold period, for the cloves to develop properly, so there is still plenty of time to order your Autumn Planting Garlic Bulbs.

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.

If you don't have space in your veg plot just yet there is also a very good selection of Garlic for planting in spring.

If your harvested Onions are nicely dry store them in Onion Nets to allow good airflow and keep them dry. Or you can plait them by the stems and hang them strung together in a cool airy place.