Today, along with the usual round of mixed carrots and spring onions, and half a dozen beetroot seedlings, I’m planting garlic. Lots of garlic.
It’s very early for garlic. Conventional wisdom is Anzac Day at the earliest, more traditionally midwinter solstice. But I’ve been planting earlier and earlier, and last year’s early planted garlic did well, albeit that was mid, rather than early Autumn. I don’t know if it is a change in variety or a change in climate, but early seems to be working.
I am planting into pots in my shadehouse, each clove in its own pot, pointy end up, just below the surface in the mix of compost and creek sand in the picture. This is partly because I want to be sure they do all come up planted this early, and partly because the garden is pretty full at the moment and I shall get at least a month’s head start this way. I shall probably plant another round next month as well, as insurance, and because I really don’t want to be buying any Chinese imported garlic this year.
I am also planting potato onions the same way. This is a first for them. Seed catalogues always get me in!