Plant your garlic on the shortest day. Harvest on the longest.
It could just be Tassie folklore or there might just be some truth to this myth. If there is, plant your garlic on Thursday, 21 June (Winter Solstice) and harvest on Friday, 21 December (Summer Solstice). Many Taswegians would swear on their Tassie Purple Garlic (pictured) this is true. But, of course, it’s up to you. Seeing Winter Solstice falls mid-week, it may be difficult to nip home at lunch and plant your favourite garlic crop. Especially seeing there’s less daylight that day.
So, whenever you do, here are a few tips that might help:
How to prepare the soil?
Dig compost or well aged manure into the soil prior to planting.
How much to plant?
Calculate roughly how much garlic you will need for nine months.
Nick and Kerry use one bulb a week.
Based on this, buy a couple of organic garlic bulbs – enough to allow
for a 10% loss.
Separate the bulbs into cloves. Each clove should turn into a bulb.
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