Try cultivating your own garlic
Garlic can be all white but also reddish, depending on the soil they are cultivated in. The soil should preferably be neutral.
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If you have never tried cultivating garlic, then it is a sport you should throw yourself into. Normally, garlic is cultivated in the southern regions, but you can easily cultivate them in this country. It is even one of those crops you sow after everything else has been harvested. This means you can sow garlic in autumn and sometimes into November. The earlier you start the bigger they get. I sowed garlic in September, and they are sprouting.
The method is simple. You separate the garlic cloves and sow each onion. The sowing depth should be around 2-2.4 inches and they should be placed in a sunny spot. The rain and wet soil are an advantage as garlic thrives in moist soil. They don’t necessarily need fertilizer, but if they get some it definitely won’t bother them.
You can at nurseries buy garlic that is suitable for cultivating in the English soil. You can also try using garlic bought from a supermarket, but don’t expect them to be of a sort that grows big. Typically, the garlic you buy from a supermarket is from warmer countries than the northern ones.
Into the soil, not very far down and then you have the start of new garlic.
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There are different sorts of garlic and typically it is soft neck garlic you buy from the supermarket. They have a soft stem and more layers of the peel. The hard neck garlic is also called Ophioscorodon. The stem entangle itself yet untangle itself later again and the peel is very thin.
Garlic is ready to be harvested in mid-July and they should be harvested just before the top starts to wither.
You can of course put garlic in your greenhouse. They can be in pots or in a bed but remember to irrigate regularly.
Om Lars Lund
Danish horticulturist and journalist
Lars Lund has for many years engaged in the garden and greenhouse. Lars has published many books about greenhouses, and he has participated in many Danish horticultural TV shows. He is a walking garden encyclopaedia, and he has answers for most basic cultivation questions – also the more ambitious ones.
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