Growing Garlic in the Sub-tropics
(Best months for growing Garlic in Australia – sub-tropical regions)
P = Plant in the garden.
Easy to grow. Plant cloves. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 35°C.
Space plants: 10 – 12 cm apart
Harvest in 17-25 weeks.
Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Beets, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dill, Tomatoes, Parsnips
Avoid growing in same bed: Asparagus, Beans, Brassicas, Peas, Potatoes
Almost ready to harvest
Young garlic shoots
Garlic is traditionally planted in cold weather and harvest in summer (“plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest”). Plant the cloves (separated from the bulb), point upwards, deep enough to just cover with soil. A fairly tough and easy-growing plant. On better soil with regular watering you will get a better crop. On poorer soil, and forgetting to water them, you will still get some garlic, only not quite so much.
Leave a garlic to go to seed, and you will probably get plenty of self-sown plants the following year.
To keep for later use, dig up and leave to dry out for a day or so after the green shoots die down. To use immediately, pull up a head when you need it, or cut and use the green shoots.
Culinary hints – cooking and eating Garlic
Cut the growing shoots or use the entire young garlic plants as ‘garlic greens’ in stirfry.