This garlic crop will be the beginning of many more (so we hope), the largest cloves from this planting will be planted again from February 2012 and we will more than likely buy more in to jump start our crop. We are focusing on a variety that has been called Tas purple, this variety has large cloves with a purple tinge that have plenty of garlic flavour.
As can be seen from the photos we have made a compromise and started our garlic crops by laying weed mat down and planting into holes in the mat. Weed mat is a petrochemical based product and is a dubious inclusion into a tiny farm that seeks to leave a small footprint. This weed mat is a one off purchase that will be re-used as many times as possible.