April 19, 2012

Grow Your Own Garlic

Botanical - Garlic

When I first started living on my own and cooking for myself, I was slow to experiment with different spices and flavors. Over the years I’ve gotten some good practice which has made me a whole lot braver in my flavoring, but a staple in my house is and always will be garlic.

When I read that it was fairly easy to grow your own, I decided to plant a crop of garlic in my patio container garden and since today is National Garlic Day, I wanted to share the progress with you.


Much of what I read advised fall as the best time for planting garlic, but I decided to try a spring planting. After buying a bulb of organic garlic at the grocery store, I separated it into cloves and planted about seven of them in a large pot.

If you decide to grow your own garlic, make sure to plant your cloves with the pointy end facing up. Garlic likes full sun and moist, well-drained soil.

My cloves have already started sprouting little stalks or scapes which will need to be removed before they bloom. This will help the cloves be bigger come harvest time.  Truth be told, I only planted garlic for the scapes so we’ll see how they turn out.

When the leaves turn yellow and die back, I’ll know my garlic is just about ready for harvest. I can’t wait to see how things progress. Are you growing anything yummy this season?