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I have grown garlic for a few years now. I plant in October/November and overwinter. It has appeared now. When the leaves go yellow I investigate to see how the bulb looks and if O.K. I harvest and hang up to dry. Some people eat it 'green' and others prefer it dried. I keep it overwinter in a dark cupboard (the odd bulb in the fridge as I use it) and I am just on my last bulb now. I am no expert. Just plant it and wait. I think you can plant it anytime. Not sure.
We planted "Isle of Wight" garlic in late Oct. Grown well and tall BUT not divided. Any ideas??
nb Live in Hampshire and planted in well manured soil.
Garlic is not normally ready to harvest until July. When the foliage goes yellow and dries off.
Graham, you should have harvested your garlic last summer. If you leave the bulb in the ground over-winter each clove will grow in the spring, and you will get a clump of garlic. Not really much use in the kitchen as the cloves will be fiddly to peel.
Normal bulbs, like the ones in the supermarket are grown from one clove.