SAVE GAR­LIC FOR NEXT YEAR

NZ Gardener - Garden Diary 2018 - - Garden Tasks This Week -

Re­sist the temp­ta­tion to eat all your home­grown gar­lic. Keep the fat­test outer cloves from your best bulbs to use as seed cloves for next sea­son. Con­tinue this process of se­lec­tion each year to de­velop your own heirloom strain – one you can be sure suits your local cli­mate. If you’re or­gan­ised, or you have farm­ing friends with free ma­nure for the tak­ing, you can start pre­par­ing your gar­lic bed now by dig­ging in plenty of sheep or cow ma­nure. It will have rot­ted down nicely by mid-win­ter. Or plant up the bare patch with green ma­nure and dig it in mid-win­ter.

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