Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Garden essentials

PUBLISHED: 16:45 13 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:56 15 December 2017

Undated Handout Photo of planting garlic. See PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic. Picture credit should read: Thinkstock/PA. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic.

Undated Handout Photo of planting garlic. See PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic. Picture credit should read: Thinkstock/PA. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic.

Gardening advice; how to grow your own garlic

Undated Handout Photo of garlic growing. See PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic. Picture credit should read: Thinkstock/PA. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic.Undated Handout Photo of garlic growing. See PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic. Picture credit should read: Thinkstock/PA. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Advice Garlic.

If you’re finding that shop-bought garlic doesn’t have the intense flavour you require, then it’s time to start growing your own, which will give you more choice and more flavour.

Here’s what you need to know...

1. Which type of garlic do you choose?

There are hardneck and softneck varieties. Softneck are the ones which supermarkets tend to stock, which have firm bulbs, lots of cloves and store well. Hardneck bulbs don’t store as well - but it’s often said they have better flavour. Elephant garlic, which produces huge underground ‘heads’ up to 10cm (4in) across made up of a few massive cloves, is actually not a true garlic. It is in fact related to the leek, and its cloves are mild and sweet.

2. When do you plant garlic?

Do it from November to December, as garlic needs a period of cold to establish healthy bulbs which will be ripe for harvesting next summer. You can also plant in February or March, but garlic planted in the cooler months usually has larger heads as it has a longer growing season. The earlier you start, the better the choice of variety.

3. Where do you plant?

You’ll need a weed-free, sunny spot and well-drained soil with added organic matter, such as compost. Make a drill around 2.5cm deep, split your bulb into cloves for planting and plant each clove, pointed tip upwards, so it’s just below the surface, 15cm (6in) apart in each direction.

4. Is garlic low-maintenance?

Garlic doesn’t require much work. It will need watering in dry spells and you’ll have to push back any cloves that the birds have pulled up. But other than that, it’s light work, really.

5. When do you harvest garlic?

As soon as reasonable-sized heads have formed, but the plants are still green and leafy, you can start harvesting, which is from June onwards. Only pull what you need as it won’t keep for long after lifting.

The foliage of the plants left in the ground will gradually turn yellow, then brown. When it’s turned brown, dig up the remaining plants and let the bulbs dry off in the sun before storing in a cool, dry place under cover.

The dedicated cancer ward at Ipswich Hospital has reopened after a touching moment with a dying patient inspired a refurbishment.

Suffolk’s emergency services have welcomed the introduction of a law designed to provide better protection for staff.

An Ipswich school has won gold and silver trophies in the Boccia under-19 county championships.

Officers are reassuring residents after a large police presence in the town centre amidst fears for a man’s welfare.

This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.

Investigations are underway following two burglaries in Ipswich, which are being linked by police.

On the day that it has told its staff to expect to take two days unpaid leave a year because it cannot afford their pay rise, Suffolk County Council is starting a search for an extra £150,000 director.

Greater Anglia is due to take delivery of its first new suburban trains next year – but has still not yet formally announced where they will be serviced in north Essex.

Ipswich School’s Remembrance Day art installation will be open to the public again after overwhelming public interest.

Insurance payouts for vehicle damage caused by potholes in Suffolk has soared by more than double in the last year, shock new figures have revealed.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24