Growing garlic is very rewarding

The benefits of growing your own garlic

Garlic has been valued for both its culinary and medicinal properties for centuries. But did you know that the imported garlic on the supermarket shelves has been treated with the insecticidal gas, methyl bromide?

The EU have banned this chemical over 10 years ago and it is considered to be a potential carcinogen. Do you want to eat something that has come into contact with that stuff? 

A great alternative is to grow your own. 

Garlic is an annual crop that is best planted in autumn. It can take up to 8 months for a crop to be ready, so it does need a dedicated growing bed for a long time. Garlic grows best in climates with a clear distinction in day length from autumn to winter and into spring. The transition into longer days in spring is essential for the formation of good, plump bulbs. We recommend growing garlic in Heat Zone 1 - 6 and Cold Zone 9b - 11. You can view your zone here.

The best garlic for you to grow at home 

Heads of garlic are available from The Diggers Club between January and late April/May.  We grow out various garlic varieties and rate them for strength and richness of flavour, length of storage and size. Only the best are chosen and made available to our customers. We also source a selection of organic garlic from certified growers. 

Fact Sheet: When to plant and harvest garlic

The Diggers Club knows all about how to grow garlic. To help you achieve a bumper garlic harvest, we've created a planting, harvesting and storage chart that explains the different varieties of garlic, their flavour and storage profiles, plus recommended planting and harvesting times.

Download the garlic fact sheet.

How to plant garlic - watch this video for handy tips

By growing your own garlic you avoid the nasty chemicals imported garlic is often treated with. 

Expert Garlic Growing Tips

Penny Woodward, author of the renowned book 'Garlic', knows all about growing garlic. In this article, Penny shares her tips here on why garlic can be tricky to grow and how you can avoid common problems.

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Which types garlic to grow?

Now that early season varieties are coming to an end, it's time to plant late season varieties to extend your 2019 harvest. 

Garlic Dynamite

- Chilli, hot flavour

- Small, late hardneck variety

- Produces edible, succulent flowers

Melbourne Market

- Strong flavoured softneck variety

- Large heads are popular with growers

- Stores for up to 9 months

Garlic Winners Collection

- Royal Melbourne Fine Food Award winners

- Monaro Purple, Spanish Roja and Rojo de Castro

Garlic Cream

- Large cream heads

- Bursting with hot, earthy flavour

Rate 9/10 in Diggers' taste tests

Shop the full range of Garlic

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Shop our range of organic and award winning garlic varieties. Choose a variety to suit your growing conditions and taste. Shop garlic now.

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Climate Map - Check Your Growing Zone

Our growing zone map is a great reference for ensuring you buy the right garlic varieties for your location. Based on the number of days above 15 degrees celcius, there are four zones: hot, warm, humid, and cool.

View  growing zone map.

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When to harvest Garlic

- Harvest garlic when there are 4-5 green leaves left, these leaves form protective 'skins' needed for good storage.
- Another 'harvest time' sign is when stems become soft and wilt at the base. 

- Carefully dig under the heads of garlic and bring the bulbs to the surface. Be sure to loosen the soil first.

- Hang harvested garlic in a dark, dry position with good ventilation to allow bulbs to ‘harden’ and leaves to dry. In ideal conditions, some garlic varieties can be stored for up to 12 months. 

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