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Posted: 30/07/2015 at 10:00

jo47, since it always grows in the same place, I had sort of assumed it is perennial.

It grows for me in very poor soil, shallow and very dry. Perhaps I should give it more of a sporting chance next time

How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:57

cajary, I've also heard that about the cold weather...and vernalising is a new word for me, I looked it up and amongst other things it means to treat seed in a special way before planting, so shall def try the fridge idea.

Are garlic greedy feeders? I know onions need pretty good soil, perhaps it applies to all alliums.

How do you grow large garlic bulbs

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:42

I have been growing garlic for years; there are good years and there are bad years. The advice that I give myself is;

only grow from your own stock for 3 years, then buy in new cloves to plant.

I now only really grow elephant garlic (relative to a leek)

Plant in late October/ early November in healthy soil. Remove any flower buds in June (called scapes) and use them in stir fries or Pesto.

I have never fed garlic, just plant in good soil with home made compost and some organic chicken manure hoed in a couple of weeks prior to planting.

I don't always follow this advice, real life intervenes. My garlic does not always split into cloves, but it is still usable.


Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:32

My flax, (the seeds sort of fell into my hand a few years ago) has been very healthy for several years, but is dying back now, so will be saving seeds to sow again. The blue of the flowers is just stunning.

Making cement planter

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:28

Also youtube on Supatufa or just tufa...lots of instructive films with recipes.

Winter veg

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:24

I have just sown curly endive (does need blanching - that should be interesting) Kelvedon Wonder peas (ok for Autumn crop) went in about 10 days ago and are already sprouting, plus beetroot, lettuce, and a whole host of other stuff including Spring Onions, some cabbage seeds in the greenhouse, Winter Spinach, Turnips etc.

Depending on what part of the country you are in, I think one should aim for year round veg and that just needs a little research and some Horticultural Fleece.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:13

 The stars at the moment are hollyhocks. all sown from seed spring 2014. I'm not a big fan of red in the garden (too harsh for delicate English light I feel) but the 2nd pic is one vast h/hock plantation from one plant, growing in dry shallow soil, I have to kind of admire it.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 20:08

I'm thinking of using Sophie Grigson's Courgette Risotto recipe tomorrow. I also have a recipe for Courgette Clafoutis if anyone wants it.

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 15:42


Garden produce recipes

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 15:40

LillyP, It is a slightly adapted recipe from Hugh Fearlessly eats it all


1 or 2 onions (Depends on size of lettuce you are going to use, mine a.t.m. are HUGE)

1 large Cos type lettuce

butter and olive oil

250g fresh or frozen peas

1 or 11/2 litres veg or chicken stock (I use Marigold Bouillon powder)

10 to 15 fresh lovage leaves. (You may get away with dried lovage seeds - not tried that)

Sweat chopped onion in a little oil/butter mix 10-15 mins

add peas, chopped lettuce and stock, simmer 4-6 mins

Remove from heat, add lovage to your taste, blend and then sieve or pass through Mouli Legume (this is a wonderful machine, about £14 at a good kitchen shop; gets rid of stringy bits in runner bean or celery soups)

Bon apetit

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