a time for Garlic
October is a good time of year to start planting garlic, which requires a cold period to grow well. It also enables the roots to become strong before leaves are put out in spring. Bulbs can be obtained from a garden centre and require little upkeep when grown in the right conditions. They prefer well-drained soil in full sun. Cloves are planted point-end up, spaced approximately 6in (15cm) apart, at a depth of 2in (5cm). They should be protected with fleece or a cloche in a cold snap.