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Allium Sativum

Easy to grow and great taste

Garlic is easy to grow and very hardy. It makes a compact plant so is a good choice if space is limited. It should be ready to harvest by midsummer.


Choose a sunny spot. Garlic is also happy in pots.


Plant in fertile, well drained soil. Water well during dry periods. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing.

The pungent garlic cloves are either chopped or crushed, and are an essential part of many savoury dishes.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Spring bulb
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available August - October
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Evergreen No
Plant height 110 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 5 cm - 10 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 130 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Light sand, Loam
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Gravel garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December
Cropping June - July

Typically available

From August to October