A kitchen herb, bulbous and having a pungency like, but stronger than, the onion. The bulbs are called ‘cloves’ and planted 9 in. apart in November or March. They should be iy2 in. deep. Light rich soil is best and the ground must be firm otherwise the cloves may be ‘lifted’ from the soil. Lift the crop about mid-July (there is no need to wait until the foliage has completely withered). Garlic should be dried in a sunny place, either outdoors or in an open shed. Commercial growers often tie the leaves in knots about 6 weeks before lifting to help increase the size of the clumps. When making a fresh planting from existing stock, choose cloves from the edge of the clumps.

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