Last year we planted 55 cloves of garlic with the plan that would give us a head of garlic a week for the year. It grew well, produced well and we harvested in late December/ early Jan with only a few losses.
However the plaits hanging in the garage are looking a lot less ‘full’ than this photo. The garlic is rather nice.
We’d already decided we’d need to increase the volume. At the workshop down at Paul Healy’s farm last week he planted garlic which reminded me I must get ours in the ground. We’ve bought a few heads to plant. Eaten them and bought more.
Following Paul’s advice I sorted through the cloves more carefully than last year – only the largest were planted, and the smaller ones put aside for cooking.
I have planted a quarter circle of garlic in C2 this week [about 25 cloves], and the chickens have been helping clear C4 for another garlic patch. That will go in over the next few days.
I also saved the tiny bulbils from those that sent up a centre stalk and will plant those in a pot to make garlic greens or grow them on for the following year.