Garlic is a popular vegetable for a kitchen garden because it’s so easy to grow! Just plant it in autumn or winter and leave it to its own devices until harvesting next summer. With it’s many uses in the kitchen, there’s no excuse not to plant it now.
Growing best in a sunny site with fertile, well-drained soil. Garlic is an easy vegetable to start with because it can be left to its own devices for most of the year. Buy cloves from a garden centre rather than trying to plant garlic from the supermarket. Those varieties probably won’t be disease-resistant or suited to the British climate.
The American city of Chicago is named after garlic. It comes from ‘shikaakwa’, the Native American word for wild garlic (allium tricoccum).
Should you want to plait the garlic stems after harvesting, cut short the drying process.
If the garlic is too dry, the stems will crack and break as you plait them.