Organic Planting Garlic
Garlic comes from the mountainous regions of Central Asia and has adapted to extreme changes in temperature, including very cold nights. As a result, garlic performs best when subjected to a cold period of one or two months. Ground temperatures of between 0 — 10º celsius encourages optimum clove formation, making it very suited to our Irish climate and Autumn planting often produces better crops than garlic sown in Spring. Garlic enjoys a long growing season, so if planted in October up to early December, the harvest usually occurs in July/August and the bulbs are much bigger.
We have three varieties of overwintering garlic - Vallelado, Messidor and Morado. They are Certified Organic and disease free. Avoid planting supermarket garlic as there is a good chance that it has come from China and will not adapt to our growing conditions. Neither will it be certified disease free.
For more detailed information you can read our Guide to Overwintering Garlic & Onions