Garlic is one of the few crops that can still be grown at this time of year to keep you busy in the garden, so it’s really important to know what you’re doing when planting it. While there might not be a great deal to do in the garden, this crop can be planted anytime between October and February. Although we suggest you do so before the Christmas bells start ringing. The point is, that’s a big window of opportunity for you to plant to your heart’s desire. It just depends on when and how big you want your harvest to be.
So if you’re dreaming of big bulbs, read on to discover how to plant garlic the right way this autumn/winter!
The first thing is to use good quality bulbs. Most supermarket bulbs can be susceptible to diseases. So it’s best to use bulbs from a reputable merchant. They will give you a far better success rate compared to the supermarket stuff.
Besides, going to the supermarket might tempt you to simply buy and use them. You’re reading this because you want to try to grow your own right? Let’s get started.
Prepare the Growing Space
Garlic plants thrive on sunny sites and good drainage. When preparing the soil with nutrient-rich organic matter, be cautious of this and make sure the growing medium is free draining.
If you live in relatively mild conditions, preparing the soil will be pretty straightforward. But you also want to take precautions to protect your garlic plants from the cold as they slowly develop through the chilly season. Along with either plant blankets or straw beds, you should treat the garlic with a cold weather fertiliser. Do this once the plant is somewhat established, but before it has been affected by cold weather or frost. Our cold weather fertiliser, Early Starter, works as a biological stimulant to improve plant resilience in temperatures as low as 5° C.
1. Break up the garlic bulbs to separate the individual cloves.
2. Make holes with a dipper, into prepared soil. Planting the cloves so that the tip is upper-facing and is around 2.5cm below ground or twice the depth of the garlic clove.
3. Be sure to plant each garlic clove 10cm apart.
4. Treat your soil with Early Starter as per instructions or alternatively, allow the garlic plant to develop its foliage then follow by treating it with Early Starter before it’s affected by frost.
Other useful tips
- Planting now encourages your garlic plants to develop and produce better yields because they will have had more time to grow.
- Keep on top weeds in the growing beds because these can stunt and overtake the growth of garlic.
- To really give your garlic the best growing space, make sure they’re planted in soil that has a pH between 6.5 to 7.0