Are you a garlic lover like me? This little package of flavour can transform a meal and has so many goodies in it to keep you healthy. We have a stockpile at home and are always on the lookout for the prime looking bulbs at the Farmers Markets when they’re in season.
We’ve tried growing it at home without much success but this year it’s going to be different. We went to a talk on growing garlic a few weeks ago and now we have all the tips to have a bumper crop. One of the first things that surprised me was that I always thought you should plant garlic on the Winter Solstice (20th June) and harvest on the Summer Solstice (21st December). The recommendation at the talk was to plant in autumn around Anzac Day while the soil is still warm. So guess what we’re doing this weekend. We’ve got the garlic all ready to go and just need to get it into the perfect spot in the garden.
Here’s some tips for a successful garlic crop:
- Get your planting garlic from a quality source – most garlic at the supermarket is treated and will not reproduce
- Pop it into the crisper for a week or so before planting just like you do with spring flowering bulbs to create an artificial winter
- Pick a spot in the garden that gets full sun and has well drained good soil
- Add some good quality compost or worm food into the patch before planting the garlic
- Water regularly during the growing season which is about 8 months
- For more details go to:
Source: Planting garlic, Diggers Club, https://www.diggers.com.au/…/articles-a…/fact-sheets/garlic/
Plant some garlic this autumn and start a yearly tradition.
Resource Management Specialist