DEAR NONNO, I CAN NEVER REMEMBER WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF THE YEAR TO PLANT GARLIC. HAVE YOU GOT ANY OLD COUNTRY WISDOM TO SHARE?
If you spend enough time in the kitchen you will be familiar with the close association between garlic and tomato. They go hand in hand, like the wooden spoon and a naughty child. But their relationship is not only confined to the kitchen, for it begins in the garden.
Planting time for tomatoes in Melbourne is widely known to be Melbourne Cup weekend, and people converge on their gardens for what is the busiest planting date in the edible garden calendar. It's when anyone who as an inclination to grow food can be found in the garden planting tomatoes and basil. But for gardeners with a more diverse repertoire, this is also the time you should be pulling up your garlic.
Fast forward 3-4 months, and it’s time to make passata with those vine ripened beauties. It’s sometime in late February, early March. The smell of semi-fermenting fruit is high in the nostrils and while the copper is bubbling away, there is something else taking place in the background.
Tomatoes and garlic are so intertwined, that this is the day you should be planting garlic. Make sure to source a reputable local supply that is preferably organic. To avoid committing the ultimate gardening faux pas, break all the cloves off the bulb and plant the right way up.
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