I planted up a few garlic last week. I’m doing them in pots for now as I’m planning to have the garden re-landscaped sometime in early Jan/Feb and so didn’t want to risk disturbing them. Garlic grows fine in pots if you plant them up now and then put them in the ground around April/May time next year. On Gardeners World last week Monty was very insistent that you should only plant up ‘hard neck’ garlic at this time of year as it’s less susceptible to neck rot. So I made sure mine were hard neck by checking that there was a hard round stem in the middle of the head before I broke it apart to plant the cloves. This is the third year that I’ve grown garlic from my own stock. The books will tell you that you can create your own strain of garlic this way – one that is resistant to anything your plot can throw at it. I’m not sure if this works. I always have a few casualties each year, normally due to negligence in the weeding department.