Garlic Marco is a soft-necked Garlic that produces admirable white skinned bulbs and cloves that are widely renown for their strong, distinctive flavour. Used a lot in the kitchen garlic Marco will add an all round heartiness to any dish in the kitchen.
Ideal for cooking Garlic Marco is superb to grow and cook with. Garlic sets are choice mother bulbs with many cloves attached. These bulbs are easy to grow and will provide an abundance of fresh garlic for cooking. Can be planted in containers or directly into the garden. Happy in most soils that are free draining, matures in late summer.
Nutritional values: An excellent source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). It is also a very good source of manganese, selenium and vitamin C. In addition, garlic is a good source of other minerals, including phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper
Sowing Indoors: N/A
Sow/Plant outdoors: Cultivate soils to a depth of 15-20cms and rake the top surface to provide a fine crumb to plant the seeds into. Split the corms into cloves and plant outside from October to March. Before planting cultivate soils to a depth of 15cms, plant cloves 5-7cm deep and 15cm apart. They are ideal planted in rows or can also be planted in containers. Water in well and keep fed during the growing season.
Early spring sowings may benefit from being sown under cloches.
Do not plant if soils are waterlogged.
Garlic prefer soils that are alkaline, in acid soils add lime and work in well before planting.
Softneck garlic varieties (Allium sativum var. sativum) are the best ones to grow if you live in a milder climate. They don’t form scapes and generally contain several small cloves per bulb. They mature more quickly than hardneck varieties. Softneck varieties tend to store better than hardneck, so if you are looking for long-term storage, this type is the one to choose
Soil type: Free draining light soils that are humus rich.
Aspect: Full sun but also ok in partial shade.
Position: Prefer open planting in vegetable beds.
Harvest: May to September dependent on planting period.
Garlic is not ready for dispatch until October