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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

Mulch your garlic – as recommended by The Tassie Farm.
The Tassie Farm has grown garlic for the past five years. Three winters ago, we decided not to mulch because we were worried the garlic would get neck rot. No mulching meant we had to weed 2000 garlic cloves by hand right in the middle of Tasmanian winter. But if you love weeding in the cold, there’s no need to worry!

Learning from our mistakes, we have mulched for the last two years – straight after we plant. All crops have been successful and, thanks to the mulch, we spent a lot less time weeding. We have mulched with hay that was two years old and already starting to decompose. Some gardeners don’t like using hay because it’s full of seeds. Because our hay was a couple years old we didn’t find this was a problem. And we’re pleased to report there was no neck rot. Other mulch options include pea straw and oaten hay but that costs more.

Gossip: Garlic doesn’t like weeds and the growth of the bulb will be effected if weeds take over.

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’.