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Who doesn’t LOVE garlic?? Ever wondered how to grow garlic indoors?
The beautiful thing about nature is that much of our food can be easily reproduced to create more food! Such is the case with garlic!
First things first, let’s understand that while you can grow garlic indoors, the entire head of garlic will not develop until it’s outside in some cold weather and can go dormant. So, at some point, you’ll need to put your pot on the balcony or patio, or plant in the ground for a nice long freeze. But in the meantime, you can enjoy garlic greens!
And the best part is that you can do this TODAY! I love quick, doable things, don’t you? Here’s what you’ll need…
-One organic bulb of garlic, either one you’ve grown, ordered or purchased from health food store.
-One large flower pot or other container (I’m using an old plastic drawer) with good drainage, even if you have to poke small holes in the bottom.
-Potting soil or starter soil.
Garlic takes about 9 months to mature and once again, needs cold weather to completely develop. It’s best to plant garlic outside in the fall and let it go through the winter. However, if that didn’t happen OR you plant in a community garden and don’t have access until the Spring, this is a wonderful way to get those bulbs started. Then you can transplant when you can work the ground and get to your garden.
You can also plant the garlic in a sturdy pot and simply place it on your balcony or patio, it’ll do just fine. Again, fall is best, about a month before the last frost.
I’m using a bulb of garlic that I grew last year, here I’m breaking the cloves apart.
When you plant the cloves, be sure to put the pointed side up, this is where the sprout will grow from.
You can use potting soil or a good starter soil that is made for cuttings.
Place each clove, at least 4 inches apart (preferably 8″), into the soil. I show them sticking up here, but you’ll need to push them straight down an inch or two. Remember that garlic needs room to grow and finish, and that we are simply starting the garlic. It will need a larger pot or a place in your garden.
Then water well, but be careful not to soak the cloves. Garlic needs to be watered but doesn’t like too much. Here again, drainage is important.
Garlic needs at least 6 hours of sunlight a day! Soon, you’ll see gorgeous little green leaves spouting up as the garlic reaches for sunlight! Clip these and enjoy them when they’re at least 10″ tall, as you would chives!
After your garlic bulbs finish outside, you’ll want to harvest them when the middle leaves start to turn yellow, but the outer leaves are still green. DO NOT pull the garlic up, it’s best to dig it up with a small shovel and lift it out.
And that’s all there is to it! I placed my garlic on the same metal shelf as my other seedlings and sweet potato starters. If you want to know how to start your seeds indoors, check out my post here!