I am a bit of a random gardener. I work to pretty relaxed rules about time of year, aspect, soil type and plants, and the most easy going herbs and vegetables reward me. I do have a ‘reward vs effort’ scale though, and garlic is one of those plants where the rewards of being careful about when you plant, how often you water and when you pick are totally worth the effort. So following the lead of my lovely friend Rosie from The Rose and Raddish, I am planting garlic this week. I am using my own organic cloves left over from last year’s harvest and aim to have them in before the rain that’s due tomorrow.
I just read Diggers page on growing garlic and had to laugh. The firs thing they say is how rewarding it is. And it totally is. If you like garlic and have a small patch of ground somewhere you can throw some bulbs in for the next six or so months I highly recommend you do.
Maybe don’t go too overboard (unless you are a total green thumb) though. My first year growing I over-watered them at the end of the season and they sadly rotted. The second year I was fearful of them rotting so I picked a tiny bit too early and they were very small, although beautifully tasty. This year I am hoping I get it just right !