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We had small garlic the first year because we planted them in the spring. You need to plant them in October, apparently they love a good frost.
We had very small garlic first year. We found out the best time to plant is October because they love a frost. Last year we had much more success with lots of good size bulbs.
I buy garlic from a garden centre that is bred to be grown in this country. I tried planting some from the supermarket and had no success.
If it goes to seed it will still be ok- unlike onion or leeks. You may get a little row of mini garlics growing a few inches up the stalk though.


Lucie, hi I have only grown garlic the once, last winter, but I believe the 'pointy' end is at the top. Mike.

I grew garlic in 6" pots once and they were fantastic, but a pain because I had to water them so often. This year  I have set them in between my shallots and onions. A much better place to grow them. I hope to have large perfectly formed bulbs of garlic in September!

What can we do about Alium Leaf miner
Last year some of my garlic formed one big bulb rather than cloves - why was this?
Which way do I plant in the soil, the pointy bit out or in ,
I planted my garlic in nov the plants are now 12 ins high and look verY healthy how do I know when to harvest Vm

I planted a single row of garlic in a raised bed 3 or 4 years ago. The bulbs are self propogating and I now have a thick row of thin garlic stems very close together. Most of the bulbs are tiny. I use the stems like chives but with a garlicky taste rather than an oniony taste - quite good in stews. The larger stems yield large single clove bulbs about 1-1.5 cm diameter but never any bigger. The stems never go yellow, they remain green all year round. Should I thin them out - how thin - and does anyone else get this perennial self-progating effect? 

Vanessa Mooney wrote (see)
I planted my garlic in nov the plants are now 12 ins high and look verY healthy how do I know when to harvest Vm

They will not be ready until the summer.  You will know when to harvest them because the tops will fall over.  The first year I grew garlic I asked the man from the Garlic Farm and he told me that would happen.  I kept wondering because it was taking so long and then one day I went out and they had indeed all toppled over.  Lift them carefully (to avoid damaging the bulbs) and let them dry for three weeks before braiding them.  Braiding is much easier than you would think and they look good hanging up in the kitchen.

This link is to a short film which shows you how to braid garlic:

Keep on top of weeds around the bulbs as they are only shallow rooting so weeds compete with them too easily.  I have kept garlic for 18 months after harvesting without any problems.  As Koalagirl mention braid them and hang them somewhere cool to dry fully

Why has my garlic starting to flower


Moonlit Hare
I think they need a frost to split into cloves but I might have made that up! I seem to remember something from a long time ago

Last years cold winter didn't make all mine split. I used them as seeds this autumn and they have poped up in with quite long intervals (they are scattered all over the place in the vain hope they will scare the slugs too). Hopefully they will split this year.

Peat B

So many methods of planting for garlic, itis difficult for the beginner to decide which to try. I too, was abeginner a few years ago, ( or seasons ) and I just jumped into the fray with my usual enthusiasm on a foundation of optimism and determination. The garlic more or less looked after itself from day one ! I use a different bed each time, about 5mX3m, well dug over, a bit of oh be joyful material thrown in for soil improvement properties, and weed occasionally with a hoe-hoe.(haha).They DO look after themselves, and in about August time, after 7 months, harvest , drying the bulbs out on a rack in the sun. Garlic in a pot, is best with a leg of lamb thrown in at the same time !!  Garlic is a hardy and well behaved plant. I LOVE it !

My garlic leaves are turning brown, could this be down to frost and recent heavy down pours
hi there does it matter if your a bit late planting garlic i've only just decided to grow it now in may