Garlic Growing Guide

Garlic

Crop Rotation Group

Allium (Onion family) 

Soil

Rich soil with plenty of compost added.

Position

Sunny.

Frost tolerant

Yes.

Feeding

Not usually required.

Companions

Tomato, Apple, Apricot, Plum, Cherry, Pear, Peach, Raspberry, Redcurrant and Gooseberry.

Spacing

Single Plants: 15cm (5") each way (minimum)
Rows: 10cm (3") with 25cm (9") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Best grown from cloves, planted direct into holes, pointed end up in late autumn or late winter.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.

Notes

Many varieties require a cooler period with temperatures under 10 degrees celcius for the first one or two months.

Harvesting

Dig up bulbs in summer when leaves start to turn yellow. Clean them and let them dry out over a few days before storing.

Troubleshooting

Watch for winter weeds. Plants left in the ground too long often have loose bulbs that do not store well.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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