Mark's recent garlic post that it's almost garlic planting time here. And I'm in a bit of a dilemma. I can't seem to get garlic right. The first time I grew garlic they sprouted but were tiny. And then I realised it was because I put them in a stupid spot that didn't get sun over winter. Duh! In my defense I am fairly new to this veg growing caper and looking at where the sun shone in my garden over winter wasn't really a priority before. They were also small because I was impatient and dug them up too early. My second time (last year) they were in a perfectly sunny, recently composted and manured site. Should have worked out well. But they didn't. I only got a couple of good heads. Quite a few rotted. And I don't know what happened to the rest but there was nowhere near enough garlic to keep me going for even a few months.
This year I've been looking through my garden catalogues and pondering garlic again. But garlic is so expensive to buy this way. I usually buy my seeds from Diggers but it costs almost $10 for two lousy bulbs. I can't remember how much I planted last year but two bulbs surely won't be enough.
I've recently expanded my horizons and looked into other seed sellers following Liz's post at Suburban Tomato earlier this year. Eden Seeds sell 1kg of Australian White for $30 or $40 for 1kg of purple monaro. But I'm not sure what 1kg of garlic cloves will look like in my patch - maybe too much? Although I could always go halves with a friend.
Last year I bought a few heads of organic garlic from the market and
planted them. Maybe that was why I was unsuccessful?
I remember seeing Hazel's garlic post and realised that I could make much better use of my space. She did loads and loads of garlic and planted them closer than I did. My garlic could be squished in much closer this time. Believe it or not I used to get an actual ruler out and follow the spacing directions on packets! (I know- hard to believe when you see my haphazard garden).
So what do you all do?
• How much garlic do you plant?
• Where do you get your bulbs from?
• What sort would be the best to get when you're a garlic-growing failure like me?
• What are your tricks and tips?
I really, really, really want garlic this year.