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We all know how wonderful the flavour of fresh Australian garlic is but did you know it is quite easy to grow as well?  We have put together a quick and simple guide to growing your own garlic. 

The planting time is from March to early June for most varieties.  The trick is to work out which variety is suitable for your climate to allow you to get the best results.  Once you have selected a variety suited to your environment you will be set to go.  A great way to easily find garlic that grows well in your area is to attend a local Farmer's market and purchase direct from the grower themselves.  This is especially true for customers in SA, TAS & WA as they are most often subject to strict quarantine restrictions.  If you are in this situation it is a good idea to contact the growers in your state directly (you can do this via Farmhouse Direct) to ensure your garlic will grow well and that you are purchasing garlic that is not restricted in your area. 

Katamatite Garlic have Tasmanian Gourmet Garlic have seed available for purchase.  This is a great one for customers living in ACT Southern NSW and VIC as it is a cool climate variety that does not manage well with humidity.  This garlic is ready to plant and will be ready to harvest in November.  If you are unable to order this variety due to quarantine restrictions you may contact a garlic producer in your local area to ask if they sell seed garlic.  It is very important to plant seed garlic from a market gardener or organic grower as they have not been exposed to sprout inhibitors (used to increase shelf life in supermarkets).

Planting

  1. Choose the location for your garlic patch carefully - Garlic needs access to good drainage, full sun and moderate airflow.
  2. Use manure, compost or diluted worm juice to fertilise your soil ahead of time.
  3. Use a stick to create a small indentation in your soil about 2-4cm deep – repeat this step for each clove you wish to plant ensuring that each indentation is about 15cm apart (Each one will become a garlic plant so it is important to give them a good amount of space).
  4. Once you are ready to plant split your whole seed bulbs into individual cloves – do this just before you put them in the ground.
  5. Plant garlic cloves with the root end down (this is the rough part of the clove) add one to each of the indentations you have made and cover them over with soil. 
  6. Water your newly planted garden moderately (ensure you don’t overwater your garlic as it will become waterlogged which may lead to problems with mould and stunted growth).
  7. For ongoing maintenance weed your garlic bed frequently and water regularly (making sure the soil does not totally dry out but be careful not to overwater).
Explore our Garlic category for more seed garlic options.