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Growing Garlic

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(Best months for growing Garlic in Australia - tropical regions)

P = Plant cloves

  • Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 35°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 10 - 12 cm apart
  • Harvest in 17-25 weeks.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
  • Avoid growing close to: Asparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes
  • Almost ready to harvest
    Almost ready to harvest
  • Garlic cloves
    Garlic cloves
  • Young garlic shoots
    Young garlic shoots

Garlic is traditionally planted in cold weather and harvest in summer ("plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest"). Plant the cloves (separated from the bulb), point upwards, deep enough to just cover with soil. A fairly tough and easy-growing plant. On better soil with regular watering you will get a better crop. On poorer soil, and forgetting to water them, you will still get some garlic, only not quite so much.

Leave a garlic to go to seed, and you will probably get plenty of self-sown plants the following year.

To keep for later use, dig up and leave to dry out for a day or so after the green shoots die down. To use immediately, pull up a head when you need it, or cut and use the green shoots.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Garlic

Cut the growing shoots or use the entire young garlic plants as 'garlic greens' in stirfry.

Your comments and tips

15 May 18, Jodie (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Can garlic grow in pots
16 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Garlic has fairly shallow roots, but it is important to make sure they have plenty of room to stretch out in the soil. Choose a pot that is at least 18 inches deep and 12 inches wide. Half barrels and wooden crates work well, but you certainly do not need to buy a container for your garlic. The large black plastic containers that trees come in are a great choice, as are contractor buckets. Whatever container you use, make sure that it has drainage holes in the bottom. Place the container in a spot that gets at least 6 hours of bright, direct sunlight each day. Research on the internet.
11 May 18, Tom Court (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi i have just recieved some garlic seed from China what is the best time to plant the seeds. I live at Napperby up north from Adelaide, about 17 km east of Port Pirie. Cheers Tom Court.
14 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Seeds or bulbs. Never grown garlic but I would grow it from the bulbs - a lot quicker I think. Go on the internet and read up about it. They had a good TV show on garlic last weekend on ABC Gardening Australia. Check their website - probably a video of it. A saying plant shortest day of year and harvest longest day of the year.
24 Apr 18, Daniel Barresi (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Has anyone used a weedecide such as roundup prior to garlic emerging?
25 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
The roundup would have to come in contact with the leaves of the garlic to do it any damage.
20 Mar 18, tessa (Australia - temperate climate)
Silly question really. Can we eat russian garlic. A friend gave me some and am wondering if it is edible
20 Mar 18, Lisa (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Yes, they are edible. They have a milder flavour than most garlic. If you have plenty you can eat the stems like leeks too. Don't pull them, just cut at ground level and they will regrow.
06 Mar 18, Pamela Honey (Australia - temperate climate)
When do we plant garlic in Moree NSW 2400
07 Mar 18, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Read through the information and comments on the Garlic page - Click on the Vegetables and Herbs tab and then Garlic. Set the zone to Temperate Australia at the top of the page.
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