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Garlic; to grow your own

In the autumn or early spring, choose a big healthy-looking bulb, the remove the biggest cloves from it and set these aside.

Plant these at a depth of 1.5 ins (4cms) in a sunny position in your garden, or in a pot or window box. Each clove should be about 6 ins (15cms) apart.

The plants will appear, and eventually produce flowers; these should be removed, otherwise the new bulb won"t fully develop. However, inside the flowers are little "pearls" of garlic, which can be eaten as a taster.

Tying the stems into a knot after flowering is said to increase the size of the cloves.

When the stalks start to dry (in Britain generally at the end of August), the garlic can be lifted, dried and used.

You can choose the healthiest cloves, and start the process again! See 'Garlic'

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