A 1 minute read by Peter Worsp

A universal cooking ingredient and easy to grow.


  • Printanor - most common
  • Elephant - larger, mild flavour

Cultural Requirements

  • Well cultivated and well drained soil essential
  • Add organic compost at time of preparation
  • Fertiliser general garden food - 200g/m² prior to planting


  • May to July
  • Plant cloves 5-8 cm deep, 10cm apart


  • Harvest in midsummer when tops fall over
  • Lift and dry thoroughly in a well ventilated sunny area for 1-2 weeks
  • Once dry, hang in bundles of 6-8 in a dark, ventilated place
  • Keeps up to 1 year

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