Gardeners’ World: Monty Don announces end of series
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Monty Don is a British horticulturist and TV gardener best-known for presenting Gardeners’ World. The broadcaster often shares gardening tips and trick with viewers on his social media platform or the Gardeners’ World website.
In one video, the gardening expert showed plant enthusiasts how to plant garlic.
Garlic is a handy edible to plant now in order to enjoy next spring.
Monty said: “It’s garlic time.
“Garlic won’t be ready for harvesting until next summer, but they need to be planted in autumn or very early winter.
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“And the reason for that is that garlic needs a period of cold if it’s to form a decent sized bulb that is divided into cloves.”
Monty explained he likes to grow three different types of garlic: elephant garlic, softneck, and hardneck.
The horticulturist said he grew elephant garlic last year and was happy with the results, and so will try his hand at growing it again this year.
He continued: “The beauty of elephant garlic is that although the cloves are enormous, in fact they’re very mild.
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“It’s a very delicate taste.
“It’s not actually a garlic at all – it’s from the leek family.”
The two other types of garlic Monty showed viewers was a softneck variety and a hardneck variety.
He explained: “You can’t tell much difference, however, softneck tends to be harvested a little later, it lasts longer in the ground, and it lasts longer in storage.
“So, in many ways it’s easier to cook.
“But there are many cooks that will swear by the taste of hardneck variety such as sprint.
“It needs harvesting earlier because it tends to run to seed and form a flower, and it doesn’t store so well.”
Monty took all the bulbs he had and broke the cloves into a bowl, before looking for the biggest cloves, saying: “The bigger and fatter the clove, the better the resulting bulb will be.”
The gardening expert warned: “You don’t treat them like an onion set
“Onion sets, you just fix into the soil.
“You plant these much more like a daffodil bulb and bury them so the sharp end – the pointy bit – is about that deep.
“You want a rich, well-drained soil that’s rather alkaline, and space them out generously.”
Monty put the bulbs into the soil and added: “I’m going to put some elephant garlic in next to break it up and it can go in a little bit more shallow.
“These will have quite a lot of empty bed between them, right through until about next April/May.
“So, I’m going to plant rocket in between the rows where the garlic is, and by the time I’ve used that and harvested it, I can then take it out, and the garlic will grow through.”
Rocket is another seed that can be planted at this time of year.
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