Plant garlic cloves in midwinter to ensure your best harvest the following summer.
Break garlic bulbs into individual cloves ready for planting. Take care not to damage the cloves as this can lead to rotting.
Plant the cloves in well-prepared soil spacing them 10cm apart. Simply push the cloves into the soil so that the tip of each one is just below the surface. Cover them with cloches in frosty weather.
If using a greenhouse or coldframe, plant the cloves in divided seed trays of multi-purpose compost and water well
Garlic plants grown in trays will be ready to plant out in March or April. Use a trowel to make a hole and set the plants at the same level as they were growing in the trays.
Keep garlic well watered during dry weather. If it’s dry for long periods, the cloves will not swell and the resulting crop will have a short storage life.