Grow garlic, an easy crop with no dig, hard or softneck, tips for harvest

Easier when you have control of weeds, see my other videos for advice on that with no dig. I show the two main types of bulbs, plus elephant garlic which is not a ‘true garlic’ and tastes of leek. Dates here apply to zones approx. 6-10, I am zone 8. Garlic is prone to rusty leaves and see how I manage to reduce rust. Harvest early rather than late and I show why. I show an easy way of storing garlic for many months of use.

11 thoughts on “Grow garlic, an easy crop with no dig, hard or softneck, tips for harvest

  1. Great video Charles, thanks! I missed the autumn planting window so I’ve bought some Tuscany Wight and Solent Wight bulbs for planting now. Have you any tips for starting garlic off at this time? Should I plant them in modules on heat to get them going or just get them straight into the ground?
    I’m in Cardiff, Wales, by the way.

      1. Hi Charles, those cloves I planted are ³f tall now, but leaves are badly rusted. I know you advocate lifting early rather than later, but is it too early to harvest these, given how late they went in? Tips of leaves going yellow but the rest is green ( or orange !). Bulbs visibly forming when I check.

        1. Now is good Aisling, and in view of rust + cloves forming I suggest lifting asap, sounds a worthwhile result

  2. Hi Charles. I was wondering what the results of multi-planting garlic might be. Given what happened with the elephant garlic have you ever tried multi-planting your standard cloves? I am curious whether it would work.

  3. Hi Charles,
    I’m a latecomer to your rite . This resulted in me missing garlic for sale in local garden centres as I didn’t know when the best time was to buy it and plant it. i have taken courage and used a good sized clove from a grocery store and planted it a bed that grew peas last summer. i top dressed the space with some compost (as per your no dig advice). Even though it was planted in the first week of January the weather here in Kent has been surprisingly mild and the soils is still pretty warm and moist after all the rain. Hopefully i will get a harvest from the 20 cloves I have planted next to the Kale that is still cropping nicely. Incidentally, I have netted the kale as the damage I thought was from slugs or snails I now realise is from pigeons – thanks to watching your videos!

    1. Cheers Rob and well done.
      The only risk with that garlic, unless organic, is if they treated it with fungicide for longer shelf life (wouldn’t grow) but let’s hope not. It will take 6 weeks or so to appear anyway.

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