Planting Garlic Out
How to Plant Garlic
Garlic grows well in any sunny, fertile site. For every square metre add 50g (2oz) of general-purpose fertiliser before planting, such as Growmore
It is best not to plant garlic cloves bought from a supermarket – they may carry disease and may not be suited to our climate. Instead, buy them from a garden centre or mail order supplier, these are available at the Seed Store.
Garlic is best planted in late autumn or early winter; the general rule of thumb is to plant cloves before Christmas, November if not too wet is an excellent month to plant your garlic.
The Planting Method
- Break up the bulbs and plant individual cloves just below the soil surface 15cm (6in) apart and in rows 30cm (12in) apart
- I like to run a string line across my plot where I want to plant my garlic, then I put a scoffold board down to kneel on so not to compact the earth too much.
- Then using a dibber I make a hole large enough for the clove of garlic, never push garlic in to the soil without first making a hole as you can damage the clove.
- Prevent birds from pulling up the cloves by covering the rows with horticultural fleece or netting till established.