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bodger

Nows the time to plant your garlic

And according to my old mate Flatiron at full moon.

I've got a raised bed to fill with fresh soil for them, so as well as what variety to sow, I'm also wondering if anyone has any tips as to what sort of bed I need to prepare for them?
Christine

All you ever wanted to know from the RHS

When in doubt that's the website to consult. Or Dr Hessayon's book Be your own vegetable expert!
bodger

Thanks Christine, have you turned your hand at Garlic?
Christine

Of course - both common and elephant and usually get good crops (usually being the weather of course).
olde9856

Planted the garlic a couple of weeks ago. We usually have enough for a years worth from half a dozen bulbs. Also grow Elephant garlic but treat it like a leek rather than garlic, plant the seed in February to harvest late in the year. I always let one go to seed for next year(actually year after next)
horace

YUCK  
British Red

We grow a couple of hundred bulbs a year.

Garlic strings by British Red, on Flickr

Garlic by British Red, on Flickr

My only tips are a fine tilth, a rich fertile soil and not too wet.

We have been selectively replanting for ten years now, and get great results from our own saved hard neck strain

Garlic in hand by British Red, on Flickr

Anything we can do to help, shout
Christine

If you eat all that you really won't have trouble with the vampires.  
olde9856

Wow, they really do look good. I never get anything near that sort of size
British Red

Well drained but REALLY fertile soil - several inches of manure worked in for several years in a row. Also I plant in early October so they get a good root system before they go dormant

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