How to Grow Garlic

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Garlic has to be one of the easiest things to grow (alongside chilli, rosemary and spring onions). Basically you just put it in the ground in March/April and pull it out again in September/November. Seriously. That’s it. Why didn’t anyone ever tell you before? I dunno.

I could give you a hundred reasons why you should grow your own garlic but my favourite is the fact that store-bought garlic is generally imported and thus has been sprayed with our old enemy methyl bromide. So: let’s try to avoid that bad boy by growing our own! Here’s how it goes:

Find a couple of places in the garden that have well drained soil and get some nice sun. Mix some well rotted manure or good organic compost through the soil.

Organise some rows. You don’t have to do this, but I find it easier this way. I normally have one spot that’s dedicated to garlic, and then more garlic scattered around the garden. To do the rows, I just use some old stakes and lay them out to figure out spacing etc. It’s been a pretty effective method so far.

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Buy an organic garlic. You can probably just use a store-bought one, but I order mine from the Diggers Club because they’re my seed/bulb-gods. (Note: make sure it’s organic, otherwise it may have been sprayed with funky stuff that could hurt your body AND soil!)

Push the stakes down hard into the soil so you can see your lines and then dig a 2 inch deep crevice into the soil.

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Break apart the Garlic cloves. (No need to peel them).

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Plant the garlic roots down (pointy end up) approximately one inch below the surface of the soil and approximately one hand (wrist to fingertips) apart.

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Cover with soil and water in with liquid fertiliser.

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Mark where you’ve planted them – otherwise you might accidentally pull them out as weeds!

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Over the coming weeks sprouts should start to appear. Like all bulbs, they don’t want to be swimming in water, but would like to be watered occasionally if there’s not much rain.

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Aaaaand: that’s it. Takes about 15 minutes. Crazy right? Check back in late spring when I talk to you about harvesting garlic.

Tiny change for the day: Plant some garlic baby!

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