Today I peeled back the "black stuff" or weed suppressant fabric (WSF) and dug up the elephant garlic.
Here's the scene on lifting the fabric:
and here's crop drying out in the greenhouse.
I had been worried about white rot given the wet summer we have had. About three had succumbed to some extent but there are plenty of healthy bulbs for storage.
All these came from a single clove I bought 3 years ago. It cost me £1. After one year I had six cloves all of which were replanted providing me with 2 dozen seed cloves for this year. No shortage of seed cloves for next year!
I would say that the WSF has boosted the yield. I didn't miss the weeding - there was plenty left to do in other areas!