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Growing Onions and Garlic

Posted January 12th 2016 in Topical Tips 0 Comments
Growing Onions and Garlic

Growing Onions and Garlic

We all use onions and garlic in our everyday cooking – so why not grow your own?  They are both very easy to grow, and autumn/winter is a good time to plant.

Garlic and onions can be grown in most soils, but do not like getting over wet – so choose a part of the garden that stays drier over winter to avoid rotting off.  For best results, always use cloves/bulbs that are specially prepared and not ones that happen to be sprouting in the cupboard!  These will be less reliable and will be more susceptible to problems and diseases.  Prepare your soil with well rotted organic matter and make sure that there is enough drainage (you may need to add sand if your soil is heavy).

Plant the cloves/bulbs to a depth of 5cm and plant 10cm apart.  This is best done in the autumn as the plants benefit from having frost on them over winter.  Covering the area with straw or leaves will help keep the weeds down and may aid germination.

Onions and garlic require very little care so are ideal in the garden!  They should not need watering unless the spring is very dry.  Weeding will aid growth, or you could intersperse the crop with lettuce plants – this companion planting will keep bugs off the lettuce and will make better use of smaller spaces.

Your crop is ready to pick when the tops of the plants start to collapse.  It is best to loosen the soil around the ‘bulbs’ and lift them on a dry day.  If you have some space, leave them to dry for a week before storing. They can then be plaited or tied in bundles and stored in a cool shed until you are ready to use them.  Always lift/store if it looks like rain as they will start to rot.

Occasionally garlic plants may ‘bolt’ and green shoots will appear – these can be snapped off and used in cooking – they are especially good in stir frys!

There are many varieties of garden onions and garlic and we stock a wide variety of sizes and flavours.

Why not try this easy crop in your garden?

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