Grab some great garlic seed at our Autumn Gathering

garlic bulbOur Autumn planting vegetables this year will include six different varieties of French garlic, which is certified to be 99% virus free and fungus free.

Garlic needs a month or more in the ground at a temperature of 10C or less, and Autumn planting gives you the best chance for this. So you can get planting yours soon – all you need to do is decide what sort to grow.

To help you choose, here are some notes from our supplier (Jennifer Birch)…

Arno

  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.
  • A good keeper – will store until the Spring following harvesting.
  • Produces the largest bulbs of any long dormancy type.
  • Plant between November and March for harvest late July or August.
  • A white head with pink cloves.
  • High multiplication ratio.

Aulixito

  • A very early cropper.
  • Plant in October for harvest in June.
  • White head and white clove skins.
  • A garlic with stiff stems which will naturally flower.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

Dario

  • A newly developed variety, popular with French growers.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.

Germidour

  • Winner of RHS Award of Gardening Merit 2004.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in June.
  • A rich purple head with ivory clove skins – very attractive.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.
  • Lift as soon as mature. Should keep until December following harvesting.

Sprint

  • One of the earliest croppers of all the varieties.
  • Plant in October for harvest in June.
  • A purple head with beige clove skins.
  • A garlic with stiff stems which will naturally flower.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

(This is also one of the varieties that Monty Don has planted this year.)


Thermidrome

  • A traditional variety producing large heads and cloves.
  • White head with white clove skins.
  • Plant in October or November for harvest in July.
  • A non-flowering variety which can be strung or plaited.
  • Should keep until the December following harvesting.

You can pick up your garlic seed at our event in exchange for a small donation to Growing Newsome. This is ideal if you have a small garden or plot, as you don’t need to buy a whole pack. It’s also great if you fancy planting more than one variety and you just want one bulb of each – or even if you want lots, but want to save some pennies.

Look out for onions, shallots, broad bean seeds and cabbages at our event too – all suitable for Autumn planting. We also have some good quality fleece, in case you need to cover any of your crops over for the Winter.

The nights might well be drawing in, but there’s still lots to get growing.

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