Nov, Dec, Jan
At its best:
Jul, Aug, Sep
Break garlic bulbs into individual cloves ready for planting. Take care not to damage the cloves as this can lead to rotting.
In mild regions, plant the cloves in well-prepared soil spacing them 10cm apart. Simply push the cloves into the soil so that the tip of each one is just below the surface. Cover them with cloches in frosty weather.
In cold areas and to speed up the growth-rate of the crop, plant the cloves in divided seed trays of multi-purpose compost. Water well and place trays in a cool greenhouse or cold frame to grow on. They will be ready to plant out in March or April.