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How to Grow Garlic
Hardneck garlic

Growing Garlic Plants

Garlic is an easy plant to grow, its almost plant it and it will grow. However if you want a good crop and large cloves you need to do a little soil proparation first, and pant you garlic the correct distance apart.

Its easy, and you can grow garlic in a container or in tjhe garden.

One thing to look for is the flower scape. Some varoeties produce one, other do not.

It is best to remove the flower scape to improve bulb size. If you remove them when young you can cook them in stir fries and similar.

Garlic Varieties

With hundreds of varieties of garlic available, they fall into 3 main catagories.

  • Hardnecks - Good variety of flavours and colourful. Easier to peel.
  • Softnecks - Easiest to grow and will store more readily. Also a little quicker to reach harvest size. Cloves are harder to peel, however they are easier to braid.
  • Elephant Garlic - This variety produces a very large clove, however without the taste of other varieties.

Garlic bulbs are readily available to buy from farmers markets, nurseries, garden centres and mail order suppliers.

 

Plant Hardiness Zones around the world

Plant Hardines and Gardening Zones for Australia
www.anbg.gov.au/gardens/research/hort.research/zones.html