Container Garden Update: Growing Garlic

Garlic shootLast week marked the start of my garden posts for the summer of 2014! I profiled the spinach I am growing and now its time for the garlic!

I have never grown garlic before, but I eat a lot of it! Garlic is my go-to seasoning, my go-to natural remedy and has a permanent spot on my kitchen counter.

Got a cold? Eat some garlic!

Bland Chicken? Add some garlic!

Group B Strep Positive? Try eating some garlic

Making bone broth? Garlic!

You get the idea…

So, it didn’t take much convincing for me to add this simple little bulb into my gardening plans for the year. Garlic is low maintenance and resilient which makes it great for growing in pots and for places with slightly less sun. It requires basic loamy soil and not too much compost.

Here is how I planted my garlic: 

I took three, five gallon buckets and filled them with basic potting soil. Then, I took two heads of organic garlic that I bought from Whole Foods and broke them apart into cloves. I pushed the cloves down into the soil exactly four inches apart from one another. It is important that you make sure that the bottom of the clove is down (the part attached to the bottom of the head of garlic) and the top of the clove is up. I planted mine around the perimeter of the bucket and then placed one clove in the middle, giving me seven garlic plants per bucket. Then, sprinkle some more potting soil on top, covering the cloves, and water them. Garlic does needs to stay in semi-moist soil but it does not need to be excessively watered. Within about a week I began to see sprouts and they have been doing great ever since! As your plants begin to flower pinch off the buds to encourage the bulbs to continue to grow, then when the weather begins to cool pull up your bulbs before the first frost. You should have a new full head of garlic for every single clove you planted. Amazing!

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What are your thoughts?