South West Garlic Farm

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South West Garlic Farm (The Elephant Garlic Company) are rebranding for 2013. They have supplied high quality produce for many years. Here is a little taster of who they are……….

We supply our garlic to specialist food retailers, local restaurants and individuals throughout the UK. We have always had a love for Garlic.

So to diversify on the farm we decided to start growing Elephant Garlic 12 years ago. After a lot of hard work and patience, here we are today farming British Elephant Garlic in the heart of West Dorset near Bridport.

If you haven’t been lucky enough to try British Elephant Garlic, it’s sweeter, nuttier and less pungent than normal garlic, making it much more versatile for cooking.

Everything you need to know about garlic

Cultivation notes site and soil;

Choose an open, sunny site and well-drained soil. High humidity around the foliage and wet soils make the crop more prone to disease, particularly if planted in the autumn. Garlic does not thrive on acid soils (below pH 6.5), reduce acidity by applying lime in autumn and winter.

Prior to planting, improve the soil’s structure, moisture retention and nutrient levels by incorporating organic matter. Apply about two bucketfuls of well-rotted manure or other organic matter such as garden compost to every square metre (yard). Avoid using fresh manure. Little fertiliser is required at planting. On average soils apply a balanced fertiliser such as Growmore at 25g per sq m (1oz per sq yd). Where organic matter was not applied, double the amount of fertiliser.

Planting in the open, after planting, garlic needs a cool, one- to two-month period at temperatures of 0-10°C (32-50°F) for good bulb development. Planting in late autumn (late October to November) or in early spring (depending on the cultivar) will provide the necessary chilling period.

Garlic is planted from bulb segments (cloves), so break up the bulb carefully into individual segments prior to planting Make sure that the cloves are planted the right way up: the flatter basal plate should be facing downwards. Allow 15cm (6in) between individual cloves and 30cm (1ft) between rows. Plant the cloves so the tips are 2.5cm (1in) below soil surface. Deeper planting can encourage better yields on light soils, but do not plant deeply on heavy soils.Planting in modules on heavy, wet soils garlic is best started off in modules in the autumn, overwintered in a cold frame and planted out in the spring.

Partly fill the cells of a module-tray with multi-purpose…….. For the full info, visit

http://www.southwestgarlicfarm.co.uk

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