It's infamous for its repugnant smell but this bulb is a cooking staple and has many uses in any kitchen. It's a perennial herb usually grown as an annual with long strappy, flat, grey-green leaves forming an edible bulb. It's a fairly tough, easy to grow full flavoured variety that's best suited to cooler climates in well-drained soil.
Pick the bulbs when the leaves turn yellow then leave them to dry out in a well-ventilated area before using. Garlic can be used to flavour a variety of dishes. It can be baked, boiled, sautéed or grilled. You can cut the growing shoots or use the entire young garlic plants as 'garlic greens' in stir-fry. The plant will thrive in either your garden bed or a large pot.
|Growth Height — 1.2m|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Fruiting Period — Summer, Autumn|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Well drained soil|
As garlic reaches maturity, the leaves will brown then die away. This is the cue that it is time to harvest your garlic crop. If you harvest too early the cloves will be very small and the bulb will have split. To cure garlic, you hang it for between four and six weeks out of direct light, somewhere where there is good air movement.
Keep soil moist but not wet. As you see the leaves start to yellow it s time to stop watering.