The Garlic Farm

The Great British Garlic Challenge

Competition Rules
  • All entrants must pre-register and obtain a free registration pack for the competition by clicking here or email (registration will be open throughout the whole growing season)
  • Entries will only be counted if the garlic is of the Solent Wight variety
  • The photographs of the garlic will be judged on size, colour, shape & texture
For full terms & conditions please refer to your registration pack, or email

We are on a mission to find the best amateur garlic grower in the UK. Are you a budding gardener who would like to grow garlic at home, or perhaps you are already with the garlic you have grown at home in the past? If this sounds like you, then we have got a competition for you!

The Great British Garlic Challenge is looking for the best amateur garlic grower in the UK with the crowned champion and five runners up each receiving a fantastic garlicky prize.

How you can get involved:
  • Register to enter the competition here
  • Buy your seed Solent Wight garlic here (or look out for competitions on our Facebook & Twitter pages to win some)
  • Plant your seed in October & November for Autumn planting and before the end of February perhaps even early March for Spring planting
  • Follow our hints & tips about how to grow your garlic & look out for our regular email newsletters
  • Prepare to lift your Solent Wight garlic in July
  • To enter our competition, you will need to email us three photographs of your garlic when time comes to harvest; one in situ, one when lifted and one when it has been washed and peeled.

All photo entries need to be submitted by Friday 16 August 2013 Saturday 31st August 2013 (deadline for all entries has been extended), when our chief garlic farmer, Colin Boswell, will begin to study each and every image before choosing the eventual winner.

If you are lucky enough to be the winner of the Great British Garlic Challenge, you will receive a complimentary weekend for two at our farm in one of our holiday cottages, £100 to spend in our farm shop and a meal for two at our onsite restaurant – giving you the chance to taste some of our produce! If you're not lucky enough to win, then don't despair as we will be choosing five runners up who will each receive a year's supply of garlic.

For regular hints & tips, also to share your photos of your garlic then follow us on:

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

We are continually searching for lost or ancient garlic types that could be growing in gardens across the UK. If you 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 Make sure you include as much information as possible about the bulb – including where the original bulb was found.

We then may ask you if you would kindly donate two sample bulbs to our heritage collection for study and possible further propagation.

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

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