Ail Garlic Ajo Knoblauch
Soil : Fertile, well-drained soil with plenty of compost added.
Position : Sunny
Frost tolerant : Yes
Helps: fruit trees, tomatoes, capsicum, peppers, potatoes, brassicas, carrots
Helped by: carrots,tomatoes,carrots and African spider plants (Cleome gynandra) together, marigolds (Tagetes ssp),mints
Avoid: peas, beans
Repels: rabbits, slugs, aphids, carrot-fly, cabbage loopers, cabbage maggots, cabbage worms, Japanese beetles
Sow and Plant : In fall, plant individual cloves 4 inches deep with the pointed ends up. Cover the planting with at least 3 inches of mulch.
Germination: 10-14 days
Spacing : Single Plants: 5″ (15cm) each way; Rows: 3″ (10cm) with 7″ (20cm) row gap
Harvesting : Dig up bulbs in summer when one third of the leaves become dry and lose their green color. Shake off soil, and cure whole plants dry in a warm, shady place for two weeks before trimming and storing the garlic bulbs.
Time to harvest: days
Troubleshooting : Watch for winter weeds. Plants left in the ground too long often have loose bulbs that do not store well.
Notes : Use hardy Rocambole types in cold climates. Where winters are mild, grow heavy-yielding artichoke types. Among the most deer-resistant of all edibles.