Guidelines for Growing Garlic

Guidelines for Growing Garlic

Garlic – Allium sativum

Guidelines for Growing Garlic Garlic was first introduced to European countries by the returning Crusaders of the Middle Ages. They brought it from Ascalon from which the name of our shallot is derived. Until comparatively recently only a small number of gardeners grew garlic, but this subject is gaining popularity. Though  hardy, it does best in sunny, fairly sheltered positions, a light, dry soil producing the best results. Ground, manured for a previous crop, should be chosen, as garlic should not be grown on freshly manured soil. Wood ash and weathered soot are beneficial if raked into the surface soil just before planting.

Garlic forms a number of bulblets or cloves as they are known, being grouped together in a whitish outer skin. A well developed bulb often consists of two or three dozen individual cloves and specimens about 25 mm in diameter are best. Planting is usually done in early spring, but in warm districts, in light well drained soil, an October and November planting gives good results.

On wet soils grow garlic in raised beds. Space the cloves 15 to 23cm apart with 25 to 30cm between each row and cover them with 25 to 40cm of soil. Once the leaves become yellow and wither this is a sign that the crop is ready for lifting and drying.

Always lift with a fork. If cloves are pulled out by the stem there will be injury to the neck and an easy entry for disease spores. Thoroughly dried before storing, garlic will keep well for many months.

A tiny quantity of garlic in salads brings out the flavour of the other ingredients and it is widely believed that garlic eaten in moderation, contributes to good health.

03. December 2010 by Dave Pinkney
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