Be careful when you prune Californian lilacs. They need shaping up but might refuse to produce new branches from old wood. Different rules for evergreen and deciduous ceanothus shrubs apply.
Garlic is one of those kitchen supplies that always brings a bit of zing to any meal. It’s easy to grow and a few bulbs will last you a long time, so planting a few cloves at home can be very rewarding.
Garlic is one of those few veggies that you can plant in late autumn and early winter, and you should try and get the cloves into the ground before Christmas. Don’t be tempted to use cloves from the local supermarket as they could be carrying disease, so buy them online or from a nursery instead.
Garlic should be planted during the winter before Christmas, and need to be placed in a sunny and well-weeded location. Planting cloves is extremely easy, and you should place them so that the tip of the clove appears just above the surface of the soil. Plant them in a sunny position, 15cm apart and with rows every 30cm.
It’s also a good idea to cover them with netting as pigeons will be quick to pull cloves out of the ground before they’ve had time to root.
Garlic maintenance and harvest
Stay on top of weeding by pulling out small plants as they appear, and be sure to keep the bulbs open to the sun. Then, as the green leaves begin to yellow and die during the summer, lift garlic bulbs with a fork, dry thoroughly in an airy place and store.