Growing garlic from cloves
Sowing and planting
Garlic can be bought for both spring and autumn planting. To grow well, it needs a period of cold weather, so autumn planting is preferable. If you have heavy clay soil, however, it's best to wait until spring. This type of soil tends to hold a lot of water, especially over winter, which can cause the garlic cloves to rot.
To plant, split the bulbs into individual cloves and plant them with the pointed end upwards. Take care not to damage the cloves when separating. Space them about 18cm apart and plant at twice their own depth.
Alternatively, start garlic off by planting cloves singly in module trays in autumn. These can be planted out in spring. If short of space, try growing garlic in containers.
If you garden on clay soil, or a soil inclined to be wet in winter, grow garlic on mounds, 15cm tall and 20cm wide at the base. Plant the cloves in them, 15-20cm apart and 7-10cm deep. The results are usually great, even in very wet weathers.