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.