Garlic, it has a ton of vitamins and makes dinner taste 100x better. What’s not to love?
It also happens that growing garlic is very easy.
Whether you’re growing garlic in the garden or in pots, good soil is key. In the garden, dig in well rotted manure (or sheep pellets) and compost. If you are growing in pots, add a mixture of potting mix and compost, or an all round vegetable mix with some course sand for drainage.
The kind of garlic you choose is important too. Go for organic bulbs so you know they haven’t been sprayed with chemicals that could deter their growing and be bad for your health.
When planting, make sure to break the bulb up into individual cloves. Each clove will grow into its own full bulb.
Dig your garlic nice and deep, about double as deep as the clove is long. Place the clove in with the pointed bit facing up. This is where the new shoots will grow from. Garlic bulbs get very tall and heavy and have short roots so planting them deep enough under ground is important so that the plant doesn’t tip over. Space your garlic out well to ensure there is enough room, at least 10cm apart.
Garlic needs to be fed and watered well if you want decent bulbs. Give it a liquid feed every three or four weeks with a nigh nitrogen fertiliser. I use Seasol PowerFeed.
Garlic will be ready to harvest in about 6 months time, when all the leaves start dying back. Cut back the watering just before harvesting.
When harvesting your garlic it is important you let the whole plant dry out in a cool dry place for at least a week before cutting off the bulbs. This will ensure your garlic can be stored longer without rotting.