Harborne Hill Allotments Growing Advice and Tips


Monthly Guide




Soil Preparation

Garlic does not need very rich soil but it needs to be well drained. Work in some bonemeal before planting.

When to Sow

September to November is the best time to plant garlic, but there are varieties that can be sown in Spring.

Garlic is normally delivered as bulbs. These need to be split into cloves just before planting. Normally there will be between 10 and 15 cloves per bulb.

Maintenance and Feeding

Keeping the plot free of weeds is probably the most important thing. Give the plants a feed of Blood, fish and bone in Spring and water during dry spells.Stop watering when the leaves start to die back.

When to harvest                            

Garlic is ready to harvest when the leaves start to die back, usually in June for Autumn planted and July for Spring planted.

There are 2 types og garlic; hardneck and softneck.

Softneck garlic is the easiest to grow and stores well. Hardneck produces fewer but larger cloves and does not store as long as softneck varieties.

Autumn Planting

Early Purple Wight - softneck

Carcassonne Wight -hardneck

Spring Planting

Solent Wight - softneck

Lautrec Wight -hardneck

Garlic Bulb

Garlic Cloves