Growing Garlic In November
Now November is here and we’re in the mid-Autumn, the leaves have actually fallen, temperature levels have dropped & the garden is settling down waiting for Winter season to show up.
I sometimes get asked by my gardening customers if there are any veggies they can plant outside at this time of year. Regrettably, with an extremely few exceptions, the response is “not a lot”. Nevertheless, there is one thing for which November is the ideal planting time – Garlic So if you have actually been purchasing your sets already, now is the time to plant them. If you have not got round to purchasing them yet, get down to the garden center rapidly to see if they still have stocks staying.
Growing Garlic In Your Garden
Garlic is an excellent plant – clearly the cooking benefits from garlic adding flavor to a wide variety of meals is popular, however, garlic is also great for your health and has actually been shown to lower blood pressure & cholesterol levels. It is likewise a bug spray and is frequently utilized to repel aphids by being either sprayed in solution type or by utilized as a buddy plant & being planted along with plants prone to aphids infestation.
Another fantastic positive for garden enthusiasts is that garlic is simple to grow & is ideal for newbies. So go out in your garden now & plant your garlic & you’ll be harvesting in mid-Summer onwards next year.
Kinds of Garlic.
You have a range of garlic types to choose from & here’s just a couple of ideas:
Solent White is most likely the most popular type of garlic grown as it is very pleased in the British climate and grows into a good crop of very yummy & plump cloves of garlic.
Strictly speaking Elephant Garlic isn’t a kind of garlic – it is really a variant of the leek household. Nevertheless, it produces bulbs & cloves in the same way as garlic & tastes a lot more like garlic than like a leek. So, to all intents & purposes it’s a garlic, although it’s flavour is milder than normal garlic & a lot more palatable for individuals who don’t like a strong garlic taste.
As the name recommends, Elephant Garlic is larger than basic garlic, producing bulbs approximately 6 times bigger, so they are perfect for scenarios where space is limited.
An excellent garlic that is normally ready for collecting earlier than Solent Wight, with it being ready to raise from mid June. As the name recommends, Purple White has an attractive purple striped skin. Purple White is likewise more powerful tasting that Solent White. When harvested, the cloves store well up until completion of the year.
Vallelado is particularly matched for the climatic conditions in Northern Europe. Vallelado can be planted from November through until February, nevertheless, the best yields come from autumn plantings.
Where to Plant
Garlic should be grown in a position in full sun and in a soil that is not vulnerable to water-logging to ensure that the bulbs do not rot over winter season. In this respect garlic can be planted in raised beds to aid drainage.
How to Plant
Just like many veg planting, dig the soil over well & if possible or needed incorporate raw material to assist with drain. A scattering of bone meal would likewise help, however not important.
Carefully remove the outer skin from the outer bulb (not the private cloves) and then divide the bulb into private cloves. Plant each of the individual cloves in an upright position approx 2cm (1in) listed below the soil surface area with the pointed end simply listed below the soil surface.
Area each clove about 10cm (4in) apart, with each row approx. 45cm (18in) apart.
Growing of Garlic
Garlic will make it through & produce a crop with the minimum of care and attention, however, to increase crop, garlic grows when fed. So, in late March and once again in mid May, feed the soil with basic purpose fertiliser such as Growmore – if you can do this once or twice a month this will be even better. Otherwise, all you require to do is to keep them free of weeds and in dry conditions provide water.
They will start to produce green foliage from April onwards.
Garlic is typically all set for harvesting when the majority of the foliage has turned yellowy-brown – this time will differ depending on the range grown, but will generally be from June onwards.
To gather the garlic, simply alleviate the bulbs out of the ground with a trowel to loosen the surrounding soil, however, be careful not to bruise them as they will then not keep & will go off quicker.
You should then have an excellent supply of garlic to use as you like over the coming months.