Anyone who watched Gardeners World last week will have seen Monty Don dealing with his garlic, and removing the ‘scapes’ (the developing flower buds).

He mentioned that garlic often starts to flower following periods of dry weather and when I looked at my garlic at the weekend I found that all the plants of one variety had started to develop scapes.

Looking around the internet I found this recipe for using them in a soup – which we just made – and it is delicious.  Much better than tossing them on the compost heap!

Using Garlic ‘scapes’