Growing Garlic and Onions
Garlic and Onions are very easy to grow, take little effort and taste so much better when you have grown them yourself! Autumn and winter is the best time to plant.
Onions and garlic will grow well in most soils, but they do not like getting too wet. This will make them rot off, so choose a part of the garden that stays drier over winter. Bulbs from the garden centre have been specially prepared for you and will be less liable to disease and problems. The same can't be said for any that may be sprouting in the back of your cupboard!
Prepare the ground by digging in well rotted manure or sand if the soil is heavy. Plant cloves/bulbs to a depth of 5cm and in rows 10cm apart. The plants will benefit from having been frosted, so get them in before spring! Covering the area with straw or leaves will help keep the weeds down.
Garlic and onions will then require very little care. Only water if spring is very dry. Keep weeded, or try companion planting in spring with lettuce. Its a great way to use all the space in the garden, and the smell of the garlic will keep the bugs off the lettuce.
Your crop is ready to pick when the plant tops collapse. Loosen the soil and lift on a dry day. If at all possible, leave them lying on the ground (or on a greenhouse shelf/windowsill) for a week to dry before storing. Plait or tie in bundles and store in a cool shed until required.
Ocassionally garlic plants may 'bolt' and green shoots appear - snap these off and use in a stir fry - delicious strong flavour.
There are many varieties of onions and garlic now in stock - why not give them a go?
Enjoy the garden.