Early Garlic Harvesting
If you live in warmer parts of SE Australia, you still have just enough time to plant out a winter crop of garlic.
Although I prefer to plant around April, you can plant on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest day of the year.
Last year, after harvesting in December, I immediately replanted all of my damaged and tiny cloves, not really expecting much until the following spring/ summer. Just last week, I was surprised to already be pulling up small, but incredibly strong flavoured garlic bulbs!
At this time of year, and right through to early spring, the individual cloves aren’t fully formed so you can use them sliced like an onion. You can also just slice the green tops off and use them as an alternative to shallots or spring onions. This “green garlic” as it’s sometimes called, is one of farmer John’s best sellers at his Glenbrook monthly market fruit and veg stall.
You can plant any garlic cloves but organic ones are better as garlic is often sprayed with a chemical to stop it from sending up shoots whilst in the supermarket. If you have time today, just grab any old garlic and give it a try!