Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - planting garlic

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Planting_GarlicHere at Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden this week we will be planting garlic. This is one of our favourite crops and this year we are growing Picardy Wight and Carcassone Wight.

Jo will be ennriching the soil with homemade compost and applying poultry manure to add nutrients. The soil will then be raked to a fine tilth before the garlic gloves are planted just below the surface of the soil. We will then cover the crop with a layer of fleece untill the cloves have rooted. This will prevent the birds from lifting the cloves out of the ground.

The crop will be kept weed free and in February we will apply sulphate of potash in order to try and prevent rust from taking hold. Rust was a problem for us this year and we are keen to prevent this occurring again.

We will also be clearing the runner bean crop and dismantling the bean frame for winter storage. The roots of the beans will be left in ground as they help fix beneficial nitrogen into the soil.  The space will be used for our onion crop which is currently growing in seed modules in the cold frame.

This week we will be harvesting butternut squash, broccoli, carrots, spinach, kale and chillies.

Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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