Garlic - Early Harvest Collection

Allium sativum

A selection of Diggers best-tasting early garlic varieties. These are ready to harvest from late October to December, helping your to get a kickstart on the season. A must for the gardener who loves to cook. This pack include 2 heads each of our popular and easy-to-grow ‘Early Purple’, a Diggers old favourite ‘Mammoth Purple’ which has optimal flavour and our popular best-selling ‘White Crookneck’.

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Garlic - Early Harvest Collection

To maximise your yield and seasonal harvest, shop the Diggers Late Harvest Garlic Collection to extend your season with more of our most popular garlic varieties.

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How to grow garlic: 1 Improve soil prior to planting by incorporating well-rotted compost, manure and organic fertilisers such as rock dust and blood and bone prior to planting. Garlic is a bulb, so good drainage is essential. If your soil becomes damp or waterlogged throughout winter. Mound soil up to improve drainage. 2 Split garlic bulbs into their individual cloves. To ensure the best result, select the plumpest cloves for planting out, leaving smaller cloves for the kitchen. 3 Plant individual cloves, pointy end upward, in holes 5cm deep and 10-12 cm apart. Space rows 15-20cm apart. Gently backfill and water to settle soil in around each clove. 4 Mulch with sugarcane or straw to a depth of 7-10cm. Shoots will push through the mulch so cover the entire area to prevent weed growth during winter. 5 Water as required once shoots are around 10cm tall. Garlic prefers a moist, not wet soil. Apply a liquid fertiliser of seaweed (Granular Seaweed Solution) or fish emulsion (Ocean Brew) fortnightly during the growing season to keep garlic healthy and productive. How to harvest garlic: Garlic is ready to harvest when the leaves begin to dry and there are only 4-5 green leaves remaining. These remaining leaves become the protective skins as cloves dry and harden. Dig up garlic using a fork or trowel to minimise damage to the bulb. Shake to remove loose soil and hang in clumps in a dry, airy place away from direct sunlight for 1-2 months to allow the bulbs to harden.

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