Ever been frustrated that all the garlic in the shops seems to come from China and Argentina?! Well, it’s the time of year to plant, and it’s super easy, here’s how I do it….
Get some garlic (preferably local)
Prepare a veggie bed, loosen the soil, and mix in some compost or manure if handy
Push the cloves into the ground so the top of the clove is below the soil (2-5 cm)
Repeat with ~10-15 cm between cloves and ~15-30 cm between rows
Keep weeds under control, garlic don’t like competition
Winter rain does much of the watering, but they will need watering during dry periods
As summer approaches, the garlic leaves will begin to brown off
Pull up the garlic when a few green leaves are still left (these create the tissue cover for the bulb)
Hang up in a shed to dry, then store in a cool, dry, dark place and enjoy 🙂
I heard Sabrina Hahn on the radio say that putting the garlic in the fridge for a week helps it to germinate.
You don’t need veggie beds, just plant some garlic between the roses or around the garden
Reduce and stop watering the week before harvesting to avoid mould
Try to avoid the super white garlic in the shops from China, it’s usually bleached
Garlic grows well with many other plants, but may inhibit peas, beans and parsley, so grow separately from these
Garlic can deter ants, aphids, caterpillars, slugs and other soft-bodied pests
Got more tips on growing garlic, please post!