Garlic is one of the most famous of all the herbs and a good starting point if you want to experiment with growing herbs. It is very easy to grow your own garlic, like many other herbs. Garlic is a member of the allium family which also includes leeks, shallots and onions. Plant some garlic in your backyard and you’ll be reaping the benefits in no time at all.
There are two commom types of garlic softneck and hardneck. Softnecks are the most commonly grown and easiest to grow. Softnecks generally don’t have a flowerhead and have a longer shelf life. Hardnecks do have flowerheads like onions, and generally have fewer but bigger cloves. They will not have as good a shelf life as the softnecks and prefer cooler winters.
Purple-stripe and Australian White are available at most good nurseries and you may even find some more exotic varieties to try at your local nursery.
Separate the individual cloves from the bulb and plant them so the pointy tip of the clove is about 2cm below the ground.
Plant garlic in any sunny, well-drained spot in the garden or a pot. If you want to grow a crop of garlic plant rows, spacing each clove about 15cm apart.
Weed around your garlic every couple of weeks as they don’t like competition, water regularly and fertilise through their growing season using a slow-release fertiliser. Adding a layer of mulch around each plant keeps weeds down and moisture in your soil is also a good idea. The first shoots should start to appear in as little as 2 weeks.
Crops take many months to grow and are harvested when the foliage starts to die back usually in late spring or early summer. You can leave a few bulbs in the ground for a second season. Store your bulbs in a cool, dry place and they will last up to 9 months.
If you have any tips and tricks on how to grow garlic then feel free to leave them in the comments section below.