The compost I was waiting for finally got to the stage where I was happy with it on the first of March. I planted 34 purple garlic and 4 elephant. The following Wednesday I put in another 31 purple and 11 elephant. That’s when Jaye gave the order to cease planting. A bit late but I am confident that the quality of the composted soil and associated worms and micro-organisms will feed the hungry garlic right through winter and give me a bumper crop. We are still eating the garlic from our last harvest.
I have planted in half of three beds. The theory is I will plant green manure in the other half of the beds and then when the garlic is finished I will only have to mix the soil together in each garden, add a bit of compost and I will have beautiful healthy soil for a late spring planting.