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Growing garlic

July 3, 2014

 garlic the tassie farm
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

garlic 2013 good for chickens
“Garlic isn’t just a remedy for humans. It’s good for chooks too,” so says Farmer Nick!
Three times a week in winter, kind and caring Farmer Nick crushes a clove of garlic and adds it to the hens’ warm porridge. Why? It helps treat intestinal worms. According to Nick, “It’s more important to de-worm the hens in winter because it’s so wet. The only worms our hens get are the ones they find to eat!” So, if you like to spoil your chooks like we do, try Farmer Nick’s remedy and see if it works!

2012 most popular award

February 15, 2013

These were the top 6 posts as viewed by you.
When we looked at the stats, we were happy to see the Higgledy-Piggledy Farm stories were some of your most-loved. If you haven’t checked out the farm’s new Facebook page, you can see it at
And the most popular search terms went to…
‘how to plant garlic’, ‘planting garlic’, ‘growing garlic in tasmania’. So, this year we’ll make sure we give you more garlic-based recipes and stories – even though Jane is allergic to garlic!

Tassie Purple pops up

December 7, 2012

We interrupt our book launch with this important announcement.
How Higgeldy-Piggledy is that! The garlic we planted in June has just been harvested. It’s a little early, given it’s best to plant on the shortest day and harvest on the longest day – Friday, 21 December (Summer Solstice). For the full story, take a peek at our posts on 6 June (‘Winter solstice 21 June’) and 9 June (‘When centimetre perfect is close enough’). We’ll now resume normal programming.

Trudy's 10 minute pasta

Garlic harvest giddy-up

September 25, 2012

garlic update
The garlic we planted in June is on-track for a December harvest.
Last season’s harvest was only eaten a week ago, so we are very keen for summer to get a move on.
Take a peek at our 9 June post, ‘When centimetre perfect is close enough’.

maria's skordalia
How to make Skordalia – Greek potato with garlic.
First there was Margaret from Albert Park and now there’s Maria from Perth. Two neighbourly neighbours happy to share recipes with The Menagerie. And last week Maria, 88, gave Kerry a Skordalia lesson. Thank you, Maria.
Ingredients and method:
1. Potatoes (1.2 kg), peeled and sliced into 1cm thick pieces. (Maria said this is important).Boil in salted water until soft. Before draining, keep some of the cooking water. With a small amount of cooking water in the bottom of the pan, start mashing the potatoes. Add a little of the reserved water if needed.
2. Use an electric beater to ensure a smooth consisitency.
3. While you’re  beating, drizzle in a cup of olive oil. Add slowly along with the juice of about one lemon while you continue to beat.
4. Add about 6-7 finely crushed cloves of garlic. Maria also added more salt. Keep beating until smooth and you have the desired flavour. The raw garlic will make the taste quite peppery, so it really is up to your taste buds as to how much lemon, salt and garlic you add.
A special thanks to Tam and Cordy who are Maria’s neighbours. Without them, we wouldn’t have this recipe to share with you.