Connoisseurs garlic collection for autumn planting

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Buy Connoisseurs garlic collection for autumn planting garlic collection: A delicious and nutritious addition to your recipes

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained neutral to alkaline soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Closely related to onions and leeks, garlic is used to add flavour to many savoury dishes. It has also been widely used for its health benefits, which are said to include reducing blood pressure, cleansing the blood and even giving the immune system a natural boost.

    Each collection contains one head (or bulb) of each of the garlics below, and each head can be split up into several cloves before planting.

  • garlic 'Solent White': 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.

  • garlic 'Early Purple Wight': This robust, purple garlic will produce large bulbs as early as mid May in the south or early June further north. It hails from the village of Cadours in south western France and is the earliest European garlic. You will be able to be cooking with this garlic within as little as three months after planting, although earlier planting is best.

  • garlic 'Lautrec Wight': Originating from the town of Lautrec in south western France, this is a classic hardneck garlic. It produces handsome, white-skinned bulbs of smooth flavoured, deep pinky-purple cloves, which are ideal for livening up many of your favourite dishes. It is widely regarded by the French to be one of the best varieties.

  • 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 garlic is well developed.

  • Pets: TOXIC if eaten; Humans: Skin irritant/allergen

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