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How to grow your own garlic

How to grow your own garlic

Easy to grow, garlic is the perfect low maintenance crop if you’re new to growing your own vegetables. Simply plant in a warm sunny spot with well-drained soil and all you’ll need to do is water it occasionally. If your space is limited, grow your garlic in a container.

How to grow your own garlic

Shopping List

  • Your choice of garlic bulbs
  • Garden fork
  • Hand trowel
  • Garden hoe
  • Well-rotted farmyard manure
  • Plant labels
  • Fleece or netting (as needed)

Step By Step Guide

  • Prepare the soil before you plant by forking in well-rotted farmyard manure or garden compost.
  • Carefully split each bulb into individual cloves ready for planting, taking care not to damage them.
  • Using a hand trowel plant each clove at twice its depth, spacing them 6 inches/15cm apart in rows. Plant with the pointy end facing up.
  • Cover newly planted cloves with fleece or netting to protect them from birds.
  • Sit back and watch your garlic grow. Water as needed when the weather is dry, keeping weeds at bay using a garden hoe.
  • Your garlic will be ready to harvest when the leaves begin to turn yellow, generally from mid summer. Lift gently with a garden fork then let it dry out.


Top Tip: For best results use garlic produced specifically for planting

How to grow your own garlic

Know Your Garlic

Garlic Cristo

This French garlic has the RHS Award of Garden Merit and is renowned for its white skinned bulbs, producing strong flavoured cloves. Ready to harvest from late June.

Garlic Flavor

If you prefer your garlic with a milder flavour this Italian variety is for you. Each white skinned bulb produces between 9 and 16 pretty pink cloves, ready for harvesting from late July.

Garlic Marco

Known for its strong distinctive flavour and fine white skin, it stores well in a cool dry shed or garage. Ready for harvesting from August.