Garlic has been one of the success stories from my vegetable garden this year. The numerous cloves were planted just after Christmas, and since early July I have been able to harvest over forty heads of garlic. A pretty good crop I’d say.
Some bulbs are beautifully creamy and smooth to the touch, whilst others are tinged with mauve, their papery skins almost too fragile to handle. All are delicious and will hopefully keep us going for many months to come.
The garlic came from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight which is now the UK’s largest specialist grower and has been in operation for over 30 years. I chose the ‘Softneck Pack’ which comprised the Solent Wight, Iberian Wight, Early Purple Wight and Albigensian varieties. Super-easy to grow, the cloves from each bulb were planted 6” apart and watered regularly, only requiring the odd bit of attention in the form of weeding and feeding during the course of the growing season. They can even be grown in pots so are suitable for every garden, no matter how big or small.
I plan to grow more of the same next year and also fancy trying out Elephant Garlic for no other reason than the fact that they’re huge (you’ve got to love giant veg!). Should you be tempted to place an order, I highly recommend that you treat yourself to some oak smoked garlic for cooking too; it is delicious roasted and mixed into mashed potato, or stuffed inside a roast chicken.
P.S. Receive 20% off phone or online orders from The Garlic Farm until 15th October by quoting the code CLM12.