garlic 'Solent Wight'
garlic (softneck) bulb
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A strong-flavoured British garlic, that is largely grown on the Isle of Wight. It has become a very popular variety which is well adapted to the British climate and produces a good crops of large bulbs with plump tasty cloves. One of the best garlics for plaiting and storing, as if kept cool and dry, the bulbs will store for months after they have been harvested. If planted early in the season, you can expect to be lifting and using the mature bulbs from July.
- Garden care:
Plant the cloves (pointy side up) 2cm deep from October to March (if frost permits) at 15cm intervals. Subsequent rows should be spaced at 30cm 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. There are not many varieties that show resistance to rust, but one way round this is to plant your garlic early, so that by May when rust is usually getting busy the garlci is well developed.
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Q:Hello. Last year my garlic developed garlic rust quite badly. I disposed of the leaves as soon as I realised what it was and I understand I must not plant garlic in the same spot for a while. My question is, how long must I leave it before I can? I only have a small space for veg and therefore rotating crops is difficult at the best of times. I look forward to your answer. Thanks.Asked on 3/5/2013 by Sue from Winchester, Hampshire
Garlic rust was particularly bad last year as we had such a wet summer. To try to prevent it returning, you should not grow any alliums (ie garlic, onions, chives, leeks) in the same spot for at least 3 years. If you have restricted space, perhaps you could try growing it in pots for a couple of years until it can go back into the beds.
Rotate your crops and do not grow garlic in the same area where rust appeared in the previous three years on any allium crop.
Read more: http://www.gardenbetty.com/2011/07/grrr-garlic-rust-and-how-to-deal/#ixzz2MkbsyK7DAnswered on 3/6/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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 6/29/2009 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 7/4/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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