A couple of weeks ago I visited a neighbour who is a prolific vegetable gardener with many years experience here in the Perigord. During our chat he advised me to plant my garlic on October 15th and as Wednesday was October 15th I decided to follow his advice.
I have spent a few days enlarging my small vegetable bed as I'm intending to grow more things next year and also looking to get some winter crops in.
Although, now, it is all one bed, I have created planting areas which are 1.2M (4ft) wide. This means that all the plants can be easily reached from paths. Kate from Hills and Plains Seedsavers visited me here a couple of weeks ago and advised me that my paths, made of broken roof tiles, were a harbour for snails and slugs. So up they came to be replaced with dead leaves which will simply compost down.
In the expanded bed, I set aside a piece about 1.2M (4ft)square for the garlic in the same area as the leeks and onions I planted earlier.
I was given several varieties of garlic by Patrick (Bifurcated Carrots), so I prepared the bed, split up the heads of garlic into individual cloves and dropped them into 2" (50mm) deep holes, 150mm (6") apart and then filled the holes back up with some compost. Once that was all done I put about 200mm (4") of mulch over the top to shield them from the winter frosts. For the mulch I used dry leaves, brushed up from around he garden. In the photo you can see the leeks and onions and the area in front of them, covered in leaves is where the garlic is now.
I planted about 50 cloves in this patch. I was surprised at the number.
Over on the far right of the picture, you can see the area where I am going to sow some broad beans, hopefully today... The only problem is that I have promised to join some friends for lunch and, well, this is the Perigord, food and eating is a serious business...