Traditionally Winter Solstice is the time to plant garlic - however I normally plant mine in May but as the season has been so mild I held off until June.
Gardening by the moon it's best to plant 3 days after the full moon but I'm running behind -
I did get some planted yesterday before I had to go off stitching playing ladies. I do so wish I like wearing gloves as they all commented on my gardening hands BLUSH
Keeping the very biggest bulbs from the previous year is always hard at the time but when you come to plant, it really is a great feeling knowing your largest bulbs you kept for seed will produce large garlic bulbs.
Peeling all the cloves from the bulbs is always a bit of a thrill to see just how big the cloves are.
When planting the bulbs you have the pointy bit at the top.
The bottom of a clove is straight.
Nothing gets wasted around here all the paper from the cloves goes into the worm farm.
Talking worm farm I've been starving two hotels - ie not putting any food in them
By placing a container in each worm hotel the worms move up and out into the hotel with the most food.
leaving behind their worm casting (aka poop).
Garlic enjoys a rich, free draining soil (one benefit of sandy soil). Preparing the bed with worm castings is rather satisfying - knowing the garlic is going to be growing well on worm poop and of course I collect the worm wee and make into a tea to feed the garlic as it grows.
Planting of the garlic seed which is rather special - it is now my own seed which I've been collecting for many years now. The pointy bit of the clove is the way up and needs to be well covered when planted (unlike shallots which I'll plant today they like to have a bit of their top poking out)
Four long rows of garlic I had to stop planting and get lunch - cleaned up to go out. The weather is glorious and is meant to be the same today - so I'll get the rest of the garlic planted today
The weather man says it is meant to be nice all weekend Whoop whoop I brought sausages for the Winter Solstice bonfire.