You can plant garlic from autumn to late winter for a harvest the following summer. It’s always best to buy bulbs from seed merchants that are certified virus-free and bred for growing in local conditions – you can buy them at garden centres or online.
Find out all you need to know about growing garlic in our Garlic Grow Guide.
In mild regions, the cloves can be planted out in prepared ground and covered with cloches or fleece in case of cold weather. If you live in a colder part of the country, you can plant the cloves into seed trays and set out the young plants in March.
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Keep garlic well watered during dry weather. If it’s dry for long periods, the cloves will not swell and the resulting crop will have a short storage life.