Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are easy to grow and taste so much better when you have grown them yourself! Autumn and winter is a good time to plant.
Garlic and onions will do well in most soils, but they do not like getting over wet or they will rot off. So choose a part of the garden that stays drier over winter. Always use cloves/bulbs from the garden centre - they have been specially prepared and will be less liable to problems and diseases than the ones that may be sprouting in your cupboard!
Prepare the ground you are using by digging and adding well rotted organic matter or sand if your soil is heavy. Plant the cloves/bulbs to a depth of 5cm and in rows 10cm apart. Autumn is the best time to plant as the plants benefit from having frost on them. Covering the area with straw or leaves will help keep the weeds down.
Onions and garlic require very little care, so are great for gardeners with little time! They should not need watering unless spring is very dry. Weeding will aid growth. Or try companion planting in spring with lettuce - a great use of space and the added benefit of keeping 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 possible, leave to dry for a week before storing. They can be plaited or tied in bundles and stored in a cool shed until you are ready to use them.
Occasionally garlic plants may 'bolt' and green shoots appear - snap these off and use in a stir fry - delicious!
There are many varieties of onions and garlic - now in stock. Why not give them a go?