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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: mid season update

October 5, 2013

Garlic planting on The Tassie Farm happened in May/June and harvest isn’t until December – so we thought we’d give you a mid season update on how our ‘crop’ is progressing. As you can see it’s looking good! Apart from those pesky weeds.

As you may remember, we staggered our planting – in mid May, early June and finally, the last row went in on 21 June, Winter Solstice. We plan to compare all three rows at harvest time. In other posts we have mentioned that garlic needs a cold winter, a moist spring and a warm, reasonably dry November and December. In Tassie, we’ve had two of those  weather ingredients. Fingers crossed for three.

So, have a Bo Peep at your crop and tell us how does your garlic grow? We’d love to know.

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.