You can plant certain varieties of garlic in early spring, of course, but as garlic needs a chilling period to thrive, autumn planting is traditional. Add some compost and general fertiliser to your planting spot, which should be in a sunny, well-draining spot. In the ground space cloves 15cm (6in) apart, closer if in pots or growbags, and 2.5cm (1in) deep, pointing upwards. On heavy, wet soils you can plant cloves in modules to plant out later in spring. Expert growers The Garlic Farm (www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk) has a garlic grower’s pack for £34.95 with tools, accessories, fertiliser and seven varieties to grow, including elephant garlic.