Hardneck garlic Czech Mate. Picture; D. T. Brown Exclusive autumn-planting garlic ideal for container growing
Hoping to have a bash at growing autumn-planting garlic in containers – I’ll let you know how it goes!
The world-renowned Isle of Wight Garlic Farm and D. T. Brown have teamed up to launch a new and exclusive garlic for autumn 2018.
Czech Mate is an exotic hardneck garlic from Moravia in the Czech Republic, trialled and bred by Colin Boswell and his team from the Garlic Farm.
It’s an autumn-planting variety which is best planted in October and by January at the latest.
Striped purple bulb
Czech Mate develops a glazed purple skin which thinly veils a beautifully striped purple bulb underneath, containing perfectly formed large, plump purple cloves packed tightly around a hardneck stem.
Hot and spicy, it delivers a stronger flavour than most other UK kinds of garlic.
It has pronounced heat which is excellent for creating full-flavoured dishes, an essential ingredient for Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. A vigorous variety, it has intermediate rust resistance, too.
D.T. Brown’s Tim Jeffries said: “Garlic is one of the easiest vegetables to grow, thriving in all but the heaviest soils and perfectly suited to pots and containers.
“The breeding work carried out by Colin and his team has been instrumental in making garlic a must-grow vegetable on allotments throughout the land.
“These new varieties are bred for the UK climate, have excellent disease resistance and above-all a wonderful taste, so it’s no wonder gardeners are embracing the ‘mighty bulb’.”
Garlic Czech Mate is sold in a pack of two bulbs costing £6.95 and will be delivered from late September, ready for immediate planting.
For a copy of the Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2018, write to D. T. Brown Seeds, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ, call 0845 371 05 32, or visit