Garlic grows into a tall plant with long, flat leaves. When mature the leaves die down and the bulb underneath can be harvested. It is easy to grow: simply plant one of the segments of the bulb. Plant garlic in the spring in temperate climates, and mid-autumn in warmer areas. Add plenty of animal manure and compost to the soil before planting out because garlic is a heavy feeder. To harvest, dig the bulbs, remove any soil and lie them to dry in a sunny place for a few days. Garlic bulbs — if carefully dried — will last for up to a year. Garlic and roses benefit each other, and garlic helps to reduce aphids but when it is planted near peas and beans, it will reduce growth.
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