Did you know around 80% of the world’s garlic is grown in China and most of that involves the use of bleach to make it look white? Garlic is also considered a great climate change crop, being so nutritious and easy to grow. With so many reasons to grow your own garlic, now is the time to get it in the ground.
1. Most cultivars need planting in April or May. Get your Garlic bulbs in now.
2. Feed your soil with some aged manure, or compost and add some gardener’s lime.
3. Separate your bulbs out into cloves (if you have time soak overnight in Seasol solution and a small amount of baking soda to ward off any possibilities of fungal attack).
4. Plant out the bulbs – pointy end pointing to the sky.
· Plant at a depth that is one and a half to twice the height of the seed
· Rows 40 cms apart
· Each bulb 10cms apart along the row.
5. Cover with soil and mulch, keep the ground moist until shoots appear.
6. Experiment with companion planting: interplant with brassicas (kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower) to keep white moth away. Also around cherry trees to keep cherry slug away. Remember with companion planting that different climates will have differing results – talk to your local gardeners for local tips!