There are two main varieties of garlic, these include ‘Softneck’ and ‘Hardneck.’ Hardneck garlic is suitable for cold weather planting. If you get growing now, you could be harvesting your crops by July the following year.
To begin planting, you want to choose fully formed bulbs from your local garden centre. Start by breaking up the individual cloves, these can be quite tough. Push your cloves beneath fertile well drained soil, you can do this with your hands, making a cosy bed for your bulbs.
Make sure to push them right in and lightly cover with soil on top so no water can enter. Leave a 4-inch gap between each clove and choose a spot with plenty of sun. As with most bulbs, they don’t enjoy too much water so once planted they can be left alone to their own devices.
They can be grown in containers or straight into the ground, a super simple grower for your vegetable patch.