Garlic needs a well-drained but moisture-retentive soil with a moderate level of fertility. Raised beds are ideal. It does best in an open, sunny position and prefers a neutral to slightly acid soil. It is a member of the allium family, so should not be planted where onions or leeks have been grown in the past two years.
Before planting, feed the bed with garden compost if you have it, or rake in a general purpose fertilizer or a little well-rotted manure.Be careful not to overfeed with nitrogen: this will lead to soft, leafy growth, split bulbs and soft cloves that do not store well.
On the other hand garlic loves potash, so if you have a supply of wood-ash, rake a good dressing of this into the bed.
A dressing of seaweed will ensure that your plants get all the trace elements. If you are using seaweed meal or dust, rake it in before planting. If using the unprocessed seaweed itself, add it as a top dressing after planting.
Just before planting, break up your garlic bulbs. Plant the cloves in holes or a trench about 2inches (5cm) deep and cover with soil. Plant them in a block 6inches (15cm) apart each way, pointy end up for the standard varieties. The bigger cloves will produce the biggest bulbs, so can be planted further apart to make up for their size. Some varieties like the Elephant garlic or Large White will need to be 12" (30cm) apart.  Small cloves may be planted closer together or in groups so the tops can be eaten as a herb, like chives, in the Spring. 
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