I'm no expert, but I reckon it is too late to plant garlic. The remainder of my last year's crop is beginning to sprout (within the braids) and that's a sure sign that its too late. There is also a theory that once the cloves start sprouting they use up vital energy stored in the clove and this has a negative impact on growth.
I plant my garlic around the full moon in March or April and depending on the season pull the cloves on the weekend of the Bathurst 1000 motor race. regards Phil
I agree Phil. In brisbane i plant russian garlic in early april for harvest in november.
Hey Carlos, I'm not convinced about planting by the moon, but after my garlic crop failed a couple of years back I now plant around the full moon. So far so good and the garlic seems to store better ie longer. Go figure! Having said that, I have had no success with Elephant garlic.
Hi Phil & Carlos. Thanks so much for your comments and we are with you 100%. Planting around Anzac Day with a Bathurst 1000 harvest target is best practice (and these are some great reminder dates).
The planting guide is a general approach and has to cater for the myriad of different microclimates and conditions across the sub-tropics so there will always be a little bit of variation and some different ideas.
We even suggest chilling your bulbs over night in the fridge before planting as this will help you get the best out of them.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you at the nursery.
Dave & The TGSN Team