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Get involved in The Great British Garlic Challenge

The Garlic Farm’s quest to find the best amateur garlic grower

The only specialist garlic grower in the UK is The Garlic Farm, and they have recently launched a campaign which is going to encourage people across the country to get involved in garlic growing. The idea behind the competition is that the company are going to find the best garlic grower in the country, and award them with a fantastic prize.

The company are planning to drive the campaign through the use of social media, and competitors are going to be able to monitor their progress online. Entrants are going to be able to engage with other competitors, through platforms such as Facebook, and Twitter. Tips and advice are going to be offered from the company, about how to grow the best garlic, which is sure to make the event even more competitive.

To enter, competitors first need to register on The Garlic Farm’s website (TheGarlicFarm.co.uk/TheGreatBritishGarlicChallenge) where they should submit their name and email address (registration will stay open throughout the competition). The Garlic Farmer, Colin Boswell, will then email hints and tips on how to grow fantastic garlic at home.

Then to enter the competition, entrants will need to plant and grow garlic of the Solent Wight variety. Once harvested entrants will send farmer Colin three photographs of their garlic when time comes to harvest; one in situ, one when lifted and one its dried and cleaned state.

The Solent Wight garlic should be harvested in JulyAll photo entries need to be submitted by Friday 16 August 2013 when Colin will study each and every image before choosing the eventual winner. The winner will receive a complimentary weekend for two at The Garlic Farm, £100 to spend in the farm shop and a meal for two at the onsite restaurant where they will be able to taste some of The Garlic Farm’s very own produce. Five runners up will each receive a year’s supply of garlic.

“Having travelled the world meeting hundreds of garlic fans along the way it’s apparent that there are plenty of budding gardeners out there,” says Colin Boswell. “The Great British Garlic Challenge offers a chance for these enthusiasts to showcase their talents when it comes to growing garlic. We’re looking for the biggest and healthiest bulbs. We’re also hoping for some strange shape bulbs, which will be rewarded too! We here at The Garlic Farm can’t wait to see what people are able to grow in their own gardens.”

Colin Boswell’s Tips To Get You Going

 

·      For the best results SolentWight garlic should be planted before the end of November for autumn types and the end of February for spring garlic

·      Garlic grows best in direct light so plant your bulbs in the sunniest spot possible

·      Break your bulb up into cloves and plant them between 10-15cm apart

·      Keep watering your garlic from March onwards until about 1-2 weeks before harvest

·      When ready for harvest, lift your garlic carefully by pulling gently on the stem

 

And did those bulbs in ancient time grow in England’s gardens green? – The continuing search for “The Mother of all garlic”

The Garlic Farm is continually searching for lost or ancient garlic types that could be growing in gardens across the UK. If gardeners have garlic growing at home with no more than 6 cloves to a bulb (softneck or hardneck, but not elephant) then email photographs of it to unknown@thegarlicfarm.co.uk. Gardeners should include as much information as possible about the bulb – including where the original bulb was found.

The Garlic Farm may then ask the gardener if they would kindly donate two sample bulbs to the GarlicFarm’s heritage collection for study and possible further propagation.

In return all gardeners who donate garlic bulbs selected by The Garlic Farm for its heritage collection will receive a cheque for £20 plus £50 to spend in The Garlic Farm online store.



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