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Garlic (Allium sativum)   Edit Report inappropriate crop

Indispensible in the kitchen, garlic is an almost fool-proof crop. There are three main groups - hard-neck, soft-neck and elephant (although the latter is actually a leek grown as garlic). Elephant garlic has the largest cloves but the mildest flavour. Hard-necked garlic has the strongest flavour and is easier to peel but for for storage and hardiness, soft-necked garlic is the best choice.

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Soil
Stonyok
Lightok
Loamyprefer
Heavyok
pH6.0 - 7.5
Manure
Previous cropok
Previous autumnok
Before plantingprefer
Position
Full sunprefer
Partial shadedislike
Shadedislike
Exposure
Openok
Shelteredprefer

Garlic from clove

plant plant

Between plants: 15cm
Between rows: 30cm

Separate the cloves, rub off the papery skin and plant so that the tip of the clove is just visible at the surface.


harvest harvest

Harvest when leaves start to yellow but before they die back completely by lifting carefully with a fork. Dry for a few days in the sun or indoors in poor weather before storing in string bags or plaits for up to 10 months. Keep some of the outer cloves, if disease-free, for next year's crop.


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