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New overwintering veg in this years raised beds

hi , I have grown successful peas and beans in a raised bed this year. After finished I read onion based plants work well after nitrogen of peas beans. They didn’t. Took ions to grow and little in the end. This space now clear and want to plant garlic, poss few leeks. Should I do anything to soil or can I just use as is?

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  • The onions I tried were spring onions
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,771
    I find spring onions work best in windowboxes - near the kitchen, easy to water and feed and harvest.

    It's a bit late to plant Japanese onions which stay in the ground over winter and mature in July but you could still plant some garlic as they need a frost to provke the formation of the bulbs of cloves.   

    Before planting anything new, you should always check the soil in your raised beds is free of weeds and their roots and it's a good idea to add some soil conditioner such as your own well-rotted garden compost or some cheap multi-purpose compost as this has plenty of frbrous material for the worms and micro-organisms in the soil to work in to improve texture and fertility.   A scattering of a handful of pelleted chicken manure per square metre will help, especially in spring.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you so much for this! Great advice. I have just popped out and bought some cultivated garlic bulb pack - only cheap- from local store but will experiment. 
    They are in bulbs, I’m guessing I have to separate and plant per clove, is this right?
  • Thanks Hexagon
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 22,771
    Easy to follow this advice form the RHS - spacings, depth, care etc - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/grow-your-own/vegetables/garlic 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you , always good advice here 
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