If you’ve ever thought about growing your own garlic, autumn is the time to give it a go. Garlic is such a delicious ingredient in so many recipes and much better to use home grown rather than imported.
Find a sunny spot in a garden bed that you can dedicate to growing garlic for around 8 months, it does take a while to grow and mature. Ideally the soil should be well drained, raised garden beds are ideal. You can also grow garlic in a pot – the bigger the pot the easier it will be to maintain (and the more garlic you can grow), so choose a pot that’s at least 30cm in diameter.
Mix some Organic Life into the garden soil or potting mix. This helps increase the amount of organic matter in the soil which attracts earthworms and soil microbes and helps retain moisture and nutrients in the soil.
Plant the garlic cloves around 4cm deep with the pointy end facing up, leaving around 10cm between each clove, mulch and water.
When the first garlic shoots emerge through the mulch, feed every fortnight with Thrive All Purpose Soluble Plant Food. It’s a complete plant food that’s high in nitrogen to promote healthy leaf growth as well as phosphorus and potassium to encourage development of good sized garlic bulbs. Keep feeding and watering regularly.
After around 8 months, or when a few of the leaves start to die back, it’s time to harvest. Hang harvested plants (with the leaves still attached) in an airy sheltered spot for about a month to dry and cure, then it’s ready to use.