garlic 'Elephant Garlic'
elephant garlic cloves
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Elephant garlic is a great addition to any herbaceous border or vegetable bed. Each bulb is approximately 5-6 inches across and a single clove of elephant garlic can be as large as a whole bulb of ordinary garlic. Closely related to the leek the elephant garlic has a much milder flavour, much sweeter than ordinary garlic.
- Garden care:
Plant the cloves (pointy side up) 2cm deep from September to December (if frost permits) at 30cm intervals. Subsequent rows should be spaced at 60cm intervals. Gently lift when the leaves start to yellow, and leave them on the surface of the soil (or in a bright shed) to ripen before storing them in a light, airy position, which is dry and frost free.
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Q:How do I get rid of gnats?
We are having a wedding in our garden and need to eliminate gnats. We have a small pond, which doesn't help but we really don't want to get rid of it. There will not be room to have citronella flares. Is there anything we can plant? Thank youAsked on 29/6/2009 by Christopher Robinson
A:Hello there, One of the nicest things to plant that will help to discourage gnats and flying menaces is lemon verbena or Lippia Citriodora. This is a wonderful plant with pretty white flowers in summer but the real attraction is its lemon scented leaves which discourage flies. It is a slightly tender plant though that needs some shelter over winter. Other plants include garlic or garlic chives, Chamomile, Artemesia, Pyrethrum and Feverfew. I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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