This year I am taking the risk and going to try growing garlic.
I have heard that there a a lot of chemicals used on imported garlic and while I always try to buy Australian garlic we eat a lot of it and it can be quite pricey.
I have not grown it before and from what I have heard it can be a fickle thing up here in Queensland. Apparently garlic needs cool temperatures to multiply from the 1 bulb you plant, into an entire head of garlic. Garlic has quite a long growing season so it would be/possibly will be, a bit sad, come the end of the growing season, to only be harvesting just the one little bulb I planted and it not have multiplied.
But I am willing to take the risk.
I am a Diggers Club member and have purchased 2 bulbs of each of the following Garlic. Cream (softneck), Oriental Purple (hardneck), and Australian White (softneck).
Soft necks generally do not have a flower head but are the most common grown as they have a longer shelf life in storage. Hardnecks do have flower heads, a bit like onions, and generally have fewer cloves but the cloves are bigger in size. Apparently hardnecks prefer cooler winters and do not have as good a shelf life as the softneck varieties
I planted them out in my raised vege beds and 2 weeks later they are growing happily however the Oriental Purple variety seems to be so far much more vigorous than the other 2.
|My little Garlic patch, 7 rows in total.|
See how the ones on the left are looking stronger and are bigger than the other rows.
I have also planted out some snow peas as well, twice in fact.
My little helper decided that digging in the garden was so much fun she needed to participate too, the day after I planted my already soaked snow pea seeds, when I wasn't looking.
|My little helper|
|My Peas protected by the gutter guard|
|The huge pile of pruning from my Basil|
|The twiggy remains of my Basil, I cannot believe how big they get in just 1 year|