How to Grow Garlic in a Container

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Garlic has to be the easiest thing to grow. You can plant it in pots, in the ground, in empty milk jugs. Really, any container will do. Regular water and fertilizer are all it needs. Today I am going to show you how easy it is to Grow Garlic in a Container.

Technically, October in Texas is garlic planting time. You will need to check with a local garden center to find out the best time to plant garden in your area. Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest.First, you need some garlic. Not any old garlic, but garlic that has NOT been sprayed with an anti-sprouting agent. Separate the cloves, but don’t peel them.

Look at all of those cloves of garlic. Each one will become a head of garlic. Awe-some!Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest. Get your gardening gloves and add some organic garden soil to a large container that has drainage. Do not get potting mix, it won’t work. It needs to be potting soil.Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest.

Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest.Now for the hard part. Take your be-gloved finger and poke a hole in the potting soil that is approximately twice the depth of the garlic clove.

Then, place the garlic clove pointy-side up in the hole. Cover with dirt. Water. Fertilize when you plant and again in the Spring. Water regularly, but don’t over-water. Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest.A week or so later you will have some shoots sprouting.

Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest.Knowing when to harvest requires some observation. I know my garlic is ready to bulb when the green tops fall over and the bottom leaves turn brown. At this point the garlic needs to dry out and not be watered. I leave it in the container for a week or two. Occasionally, rain will be forecast which will interfere with the harvest. If your garlic is in a container, then moving it is your best option. Otherwise, you may have to harvest early.

I then cure my garlic by letting it dry out on the back porch. The time of this depends on your location. I know my garlic is ready for storage when the garlic skins are dry and the neck is tight.Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest.Once harvested you can now enjoy it for the next few months. Once you’ve had fresh, home-grown garlic, you will never go back.

Fresh garlic is a kitchen staple! Did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants to grow in a garden? A single clove of garlic will produce a beautiful head of garlic. Growing garlic should be one of the first plants every new gardener should tries because it is easy and produces a generous harvest.


Some Important Things to Know About Growing Garlic

  • There are two types of garlic:  Softneck Garlic and Hardneck Garlic.
  • Softneck garlic does better in warmer southern climates. This type braids well for storage.
  • Hardneck garlic does better in colder northern climates. This type does not braid well.
  • Garlic takes the better part of a year to grow. Most gardeners plant sometime in the fall and harvest in summer.
  • Garlic likes lots of sun but can tolerate partial shade.
  • Garlic doesn’t like wet soil which makes it ideal for patio pots or large containers.

 

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39 Comments

    1. I always save back garlic for planting, but you should be able to find suitable garlic at a garden center or health food store.

    2. Most heads at grocer have anti-spouting stuff on them. If you have a trusted organic source, it might work. Your local GOOD garden center will have growable cloves at right time of year for you, and you won’t have to buy massive quantities if you have a smaller garden.

    1. I would check with a garden center. Many will have an organic variety. Most likely organic garlic from a health food store won’t be sprayed.

  1. I tried growing ginger this way. It came up, but didn’t get very tall before it died. Have you ever grown ginger? We consume a lot of ginger too. I’m going to try this with garlic tho. We ate a bunch! of garlic. My husband puts garlic in almost everything that he cooks for us. I do think it has “good medicine”. 🙂 Do you know if critters are prone to messing with it in the ground? We have quite an assortment of critters where we live. dillos, possum, raccoons, even a skunk who has been hanging out in our backyard for the last few mornings! Kim

    1. Planting garlic (and onions too, I think) are supposed to help keep deer and rabbits out of your garden. I tried planting garlic among my beets to keep the deer from eating the tops of my beets. I only did a little, but I could tell that the deer really don’t like it because although they ate some beets, they didn’t touch the ones that were right beside the garlic 🙂

    1. I am in Central Texas, so outside works great. If we have a hard freeze then I might bring them inside for a couple of days.

  2. last year I planted garlic in my old utility sinks I moved into my garden. had great results. so I wanted to plant more this year so I bought concrete blocks that have the two squares in them. i planted a bulb in each square. we’ll see how it does next spring when i harvest. hopefully a success

    1. I store my garlic two ways. I ferment it and use it though out the year ~ there is a tutorial on my blog for this. I keep the rest in an basket in my pantry.

  3. What a great idea, I may have to take some garlic cloves out to my empty pots and give it a try. I might not be too late here in New Mexico. I never have had much success with growing ANYTHING, but this sounds so easy! Thank for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays! HUGS!

  4. I don’t really have a green thumb so it’s nice to see that lovely people like yourself help spell it out for people like me! This was a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing this at Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! I hope to see you back on Sunday night!

  5. Wonderful idea for container gardening – we both use garlic a lot in our cooking.

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  6. I planted garlic and onions in containers on November 16th. the garlic’s shoots/leaves are tall but soft. I am just wondering if I should plant them in the ground instead? I line in Central Texas as well.

  7. So can you grow garlic indoors year round, if so can you give me some tips? I live in Kansas and it said I can plant in early spring or late fall but I would love to have fresh garlic year round!

    1. I’ve never grown garlic indoors but I suspect it would work. You will need to check with a local nursery about when to plant/harvest.

  8. I don’t have my garden ready yet. We just moved to our new house last May and we’ve just been so busy with other projects, but I did get some garlic planted in a flower bed. And I will have tomatoes and pepper planted later. Got to have my homemade salsa.

    1. Garlic can be grown almost anywhere. That said, you really need to check with a local nursery to see when the best time to plant. In Texas, we plant garlic in the fall and harvest in June.

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