When I arrived at plot 121 today, I knew that I would have to rake over the last little bit that I left Derek on his lonesome to do yesterday, as I had to get home for 2pm, and this I did with a gusto!
I raked all the roots and stones out and once satisfied, I levelled or should I say, I tried to level the last section off with my rake before lending it to Mike on the plot opposite.
Then the planting started!
I broke the garlic bulbs open and counted 22 cloves of Albingensian Wight
Large white garlic from South West France. Ideal of aioli. Tresses make a classic souvenir for tourists to the South of France.The garlic of the Cathars, 13th century heretics.
I then did the same to the Provence and counted 15 cloves in all
A large white softneck garlic that can produce bulbs that approach Elephant Garlic size.
Originating in the lush valleys of the Drôme in the north of Provence.
Large fat cloves that suit vegetable and fish dishses of the Mediterranean. Unlike many other Mediterranean types, responds well in the last three months before harvest.
Plant from September onwards. Later Spring planting is possible but can produce smaller bulbs. Sweet and substantial. Keeps until January.
I then planted 9 full plot width rows or Radar White Onions
I thought it best to tag the end of each row with a brightly coloured marker, as last year I made the mistake of not doing that, and digging up a whole block that I had planted from seed!!
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