Garlic Picardy Wight is a superb soft neck variety that will store for a long time. The cloves of Garlic Picardy Wight have a strong flavour and are ideal for cooking with. Garlic sets are choice mother bulbs with many cloves attached, separate these cloves and plant as noted below. These bulbs are easy to grow and will provide an abundance of fresh garlic for cooking.
Nutritional values: An excellent source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). It is also a very good source of manganese, selenium and vitamin C. In addition, garlic is a good source of other minerals, including phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper
Sowing Indoors: N/A
Sow/Plant outdoors: Cultivate soils to a depth of 15-20cms and rake the top surface to provide a fine crumb to plant the seeds into. Garlic can be planted in late Autumn (September to November) or early Spring (February to April). Garlic should be planted in well drained soils in a sunny spot. Before planting dig in some well-rotted organic manure. Break the Garlic Bulb into individual cloves and plant them so that the tips are 2.5cm (1”) below the soil surface and 10cm (4”) apart. Subsequent rows can be planted 30cm (12”) apart.
Remove weeds regularly and snip off any flowers that may form. Only water if the soil starts to dry out. Once the bulbs are large and well-formed discontinue watering. If necessary, cover the Cloves with fleece to prevent birds from pulling them up.
Garlic is ready to harvest when the foliage turns yellow which will usually be from July onwards. Lift the Garlic with a fork and allow them to dry. This is best achieved by placing the garlic under cover in a dry, airy place. Once dried, Garlic can be stored in a cool, dry, frost-free place until ready to eat.
Select a container with plenty of drainage holes in the bottom, which is a minimum of 25cm (10’’) deep and 35cm (14’’) diameter. Add crocks to the bottom of the container to help with drainage and fill the container with potting soil and mix in a slow release fertilizer. Follow Planting instructions as above.
Garlic prefer soils that are alkaline, in acid soils add lime and work in well before planting.
Water in well and keep fed during the growing season.
Early spring sowings may benefit from being sown under cloches.
Softneck garlic varieties (Allium sativum var. sativum) are the best ones to grow if you live in a milder climate. They don’t form scapes and generally contain several small cloves per bulb. They mature more quickly than hardneck varieties. Softneck varieties tend to store better than hardneck, so if you are looking for long-term storage, this type is the one to choose
Soil type: Free draining light soils that are humus rich.
Aspect: Full sun but also ok in partial shade.
Planting time: September to November or February to April
Position: Prefer open planting in vegetable beds or containers
Harvest: May to September dependent on planting period.