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Some of the garlic cloves planted today Some of the garlic cloves planted today

Gardening Diary 20th November 2013

A complicated year has kept me away from the garden other than for essential maintenance such as grass-mowing and some weed control. That's all behind us now and this afternoon I worked in the potager with the feeling that normal life is resuming. Moving sheets of cardboard from Swedish flat-packs that have covered most of the vegetable beds since the spring revealed clean, weed-free earth. I dug over a bed and discovered in the process lots of worm activity, and good consistency loam.

My task for the day was to plant next year's garlic. Usually I've done this in mid-October, so I'm hoping that the four week delay will not affect the crop significantly. The garlic bulbs that I lifted back in June were by far the best and biggest that I've ever achieved. I think this was a result of very wet spring weather, so if next year looks dry I'll be watering this bed regularly.

The cloves that I planted today were simply taken from last year's bulbs which are storing well in the garage. I planted around 25 super-large cloves (see photo) from four of the six giant garlic that I'd grown for the first time last year. In addition I planted four rows of Messidrome and added some Growmore fertilizer to the whole bed.

Although this might not seem the most exciting of news, for me it marks a return to real gardening, and I hope more Garden Diary entries.

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