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Soil facts and preparation

Quick facts..

  • Soil Type Fertile, Firm and Well Drained
  • Ideal Ph range 5.5 to 7.5
  • Site Full Sun
Find a site for your garlic that will get as much sun as possible over the winter season, make sure the plot has not been used for growing members of the onion family in the past 3 years. As ever, make sure the site is free of weeds.

Fertile, well drained soil with plenty of organic matter is required for growing the best bulbs. A general purpose fertilizer can be raked into the soil a week or so before planting.

Sowing and planting

Quick facts..

  • Germination 7 to 21 days
  • Sow 30mm deep
  • Sow Spacing 200mm
  • Rows 300mm apart
Break bulbs into individual cloves if this has not been done already. Make small hole about 5cm deep, you could use a dibber or pencil for this, and place the clove in the hole with pointed tip up. The tip of the clove should be 1cm to 2cm below the soils surface, cover or fill holes with soil

Growing a bumper crop

Garlic is pretty self sufficient after planting, all that is required is to keep the plants free of competition from weeds. Most pests and diseases will leave Garlic well alone.

Harvesting the fruits of your labour

Quick facts..

  • Yield 250g per plant
Ease the bulb out of the ground using a fork. Make sure you place the fork in the ground far enough away from the plant to prevent damage to the bulb.

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Garlic varieties

Early Purple Wight

This variety of garlic is quick to mature and produces large purple bulbs. Remove the curled flower stalks to increase bulb size but don't throw away, chopped they can add a mild garlic flavour to salads and stir frys. Being a hard-neck variety of garlic, Early Purple Wight does not store well. Use soon after lifting, do not keep for more than 3 months.


Large variety of Garlic, definitely grown for size rather than flavour This, the largest variety of Garlic requires a longer growing season and the right soil conditions to grow to full size. Better suited to warmer climates

Solent Wight

Solent Wight is a soft neck variety of garlic and is well known for its flavour and smell. Favoured by cooks for strength and depth of flavour as well as its great storing properties. The bulbs are easy to plait and stored in a cool dry place will keep for many months. Bulbs are white, large and dense, plants grow to a height of 60cm and should be placed at least 20cm apart. Well suited to cooler temperate climates such as that of the UK where it is very popular