Top 10 Garlic Tips

Garlic is not only packed with flavour and health properties, it is easy to grow in the garden. Traditionally garlic is planted on the shortest day and harvested on the longest day, however it can be planted in both autumn and winter. Check out our top 10 tips for growing garlic this season. 


  1. Garlic thrives if given basics - food, water and plenty of sun!
  2. The better the soil, the better your plants will grow. If you are starting with an existing garden bed dig in organic matter like Tui Sheep Pellets and Tui Compost to your soil. Then add a layer of Tui Vegetable Mix
  3. Garlic bulbs are readily available in garden centres in winter, buy a whole bulb like you would at the supermarket. Steer clear of planting garlic from supermarkets as often it has been treated to stop it sprouting away in the supermarket.
  4. Break up each bulb into cloves, it is these cloves which you plant NOT the whole bulb.
  5. Garlic is happy growing in pots and containers, in a pot the size of a kitchen bucket you can plant about six cloves of garlic.
  6. For garlic planted in garden beds feed every four weeks during key growth periods. Tui Vegetable Food is a rich formulation of fertilisers including dolomite, blood and bone and sheep manure to encourage healthy vegetable growth. If planting in pots and containers use an all purpose variety, such as Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser.
  7. Apply Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic through the season to encourage larger cloves.
  8. Garlic needs to be kept well watered to produce large bulbs, particularly as the bulbs are starting to form in November and December.
  9. Protect your garlic plants from the elements with layers of Tui Pea Straw Mulch to keep the soil moist and cool when the garlic is actively growing.
  10. Harvest in summer once the tops start to die back. Don’t be tempted to pull the bulbs out by the leaves, dig up with a fork and leave to dry on the top of the ground for a week or so, then plait and store somewhere dry and away from direct sunlight.

Follow our Garlic Growing Guide here >

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Top 10 Garlic Tips Comments

  • Should we water our garlic plants every second day or more?

    Brady Ryan

    • Hi Brady, every few days at this time of year will suffice. It also depends how much rain you are getting as to how much water they require. Adding some Tui Organic Seaweed Plant Tonic to your watering can give the plants a boost. Happy garlic growing 

      Tui team

  • I love garlic


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