Growing Garlic

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In the same family as the onion, chives, and leek, garlic has been used for centuries for culinary and medicinal purposes. Growing your own garlic reduces the food miles that your bulb travels and also ensures much greater flavour. There are a number of delicious varieties available for growing, from pungent, slightly sweet, soft for jarring, or those to be used for storing.

In this workshop, you will learn from garlic expert and author of 'Garlic, an organic guide to knowing, sowing and using garlic', Penny Woodward who will share her tips and tricks to successfully growing and harvesting your own perfect garlic.

You will learn:

  • Selecting softneck vs hardneck varieties
  • All the different garlic groups and parts of garlic
  • How to plant garlic; considering times, soil preparation, and what to plant
  • Troubleshooting common issues: pest and disease
  • Harvesting bulbs: when and how to?
  • Curing: including storing and plaiting and smoking
  • Garlic uses: Different flavours and uses for each different groups

Penny's book "Garlic" can be purchased and signed on the day.

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Your Presenter

Penny is a dedicated organic gardener with a degree in botany and zoology. She is the author or co-author of 8 gardening books, including the award-winning ‘Garlic, an organic guide to knowing, sowing and using garlic’ and multi-award winning ‘Tomato – know sow grow feast’.

A life member of the Australian Garlic Industry Association, Penny is also a patron of the Victorian Herb Society and a member of the Horticultural Media Association. For eight years, she was the horticultural editor of ABC’s Organic Gardener magazine and their essential guides, calendar and diary.

For 20 years, she has written and taken photographs for both the magazine and the Organic Gardener website She also has her own websites on edible and useful plants at and on garlic at

The Location

Heronswood is the home of The Diggers Foundation, a living catalogue of garden treasures showcasing all that can be found in Diggers Club magazines and books.

 At the heart of Heronswood is a cottage garden of meandering paths and lawns, seamlessly combining edible and ornamental plantings. Australia’s first certified organic open garden, it is the place to learn about sustainable practices and the preservation of heirloom flowers and vegetables. 

A working garden for gardeners, with new projects always on the go and ideas to take home to your patch. Heronswood delights throughout the changing seasons, with the warmer summer months bringing the stunning perennials into full show.

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Growing Garlic

4 May 2024

Heronswood (Dromana)

Saturday 10am - 11:30am

Limited tickets, don't miss out.

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