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Growing garlic

July 3, 2014

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Growing garlic is a science. You plant in winter and harvest in summer. Sounds simple enough but there are little tricks and tips that will help give your crop a healthy boost. Preparation is our No.1 ‘must-do’, so here’s The Tassie Farm way to prepare the soil:

You may remember our post on 29 May when we picked the last of our tomatoes Well, when we did, we dug the bed through, adding a lot of natural compost before covering it in hay. About a month later we added worm wee and poo, sheep poo and organic fertiliser We then dug up the soil (again) and relaid the hay. Last weekend we lifted the hay and just like magic, the soil was rich and wriggling with worms. We then planted two garlic varieties – Tassie Purple and one from neighbours Mary and John, called the ‘Rural Gift Garlic’ (make-up name). Once again that faithful old hay went back on top to keep the weeds at bay and the soil moist. In total, 80 cloves were planted and we’re hoping this will see us through until June 2015.

If you can’t plant your own garlic, you can buy it here: or

winter-solstice-garlic-planting-tassie-farmSolstice is an astronomical event that happens twice a year – once in summer and once in winter. This year, Winter Solstice in the southern hemisphere falls on 21 June. So, today is the shortest day of the year. Yesterday was 2 seconds longer! So, Happy Hump Day – we can now count down to Summer Solstice, 22 December, which is the time to harvest your garlic.

The other date to remember is Spring Equinox, 22 September, when the Earth’s poles are the same distance from the Sun. On this day there are roughly 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night.

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Garlic growing success depends on three basics:
1. Plant in Winter. Harvest in Summer.
2. All your need is shooting (sprouting) cloves.
3. Plant your cloves 10cm apart about 2 cm deep.

It’s a Tassie tradition to plant garlic on the shortest day of the year – also known as Winter Solstice which falls on 21 June this year. However, at The Tassie Farm, we’ve done things a little differently. We’ve staggered our planting, with the first of our sprouting cloves going in about a month ago; then more last weekend and finally we’ll plant another row on the 21st, just so we can compare with the other two ‘crops’. Next post: Tassie Purple Garlic.

Garlic, garlic and more garlic. That’s what you’ll find on The Tassie Farm over the next few weeks. Why? Because it seems you can’t get enough of this potent and pungent herb. In fact, the most popular search terms on our blog in 2012 were,how to plant garlic’, ‘planting garlic’ and ‘growing garlic in Tasmania’. So, we thought we’d dedicate the rest of June to everything garlic – serving you growing tips, recipes and the why and when to harvest. Plus, oh yes there’s more, myths, remedies and even allergies to garlic!