This year, alongside the main bed, our garlic (planted in the autumn) is also undergoing a few extra trials.
We’ve been told you can manage successful sized bulbs in fairly small individual pots, and there’s no harm in trying it out as we had a number of cloves spare. As many individual pots (about 5 inches – 13 cm) as we could find each hold a single clove.
The very thin cloves – Solent Wight had a lot of these this year – were packed in to a large pot to try for greens.
Finally, last year’s garlic harvest has started sprout too much indoors, so last weekend I started adding the errant cloves to troughs, considering we’d get as much use from the shoots while we continue using those which have kept better.
We have had rust a fair bit so for a few pounds, prefer to buy in fresh seed stock at the moment rather than saving our own for the main planting. The main garlic bed also contains Swift overwintering onions, next to Music garlic from the Really Garlicky Company. Alongside are Purple Wight, Solent Wight, German Red and Spanish Roja from Dobies and these last four are in the pots experiment too. I hope to mulch the garlic in the ground a bit this year as it’s supposed to help the bulbs fatten up by keeping in moisture.
In a similar vein there’s a small patch each of elephant garlic from Taylors’ bulbs, and wild garlic sourced from a native plants nursery.