Garlic is unique in its aroma and taste, it adds a depth and richness to our dishes that is unique on its own. The best part is that it contains health benefits as well. So whether you want health or just great taste, garlic is the best ingredient to have. With such a great ingredient why not grow it? Here are some reasons to do have it around.

  • Garlic help purify the blood
  • gets rid of toxins in the body.
  • It helps with recovering from the flu and the common cold.
  • Garlic regulates glucose level,
  • It helps with blood pressure levels and prevents heart diseases.
  • Garlic strengthens the immune system and prevents the development of cancerous cells.

What more reasons does one need? Let start growing garlic!

Growing Garlic from Bulbs:

This is the easiest and best way to grow garlic at home. Garlic cloves which are a part of the bulb, when planted into the soil can grow into fresh bulbs of garlic. We recommend that you buy organic fresh bulbs to use as seeds.

  • Separate fresh and firm garlic bulbils. Avoid soft cloves.
  • With each clove, you plant one garlic plant will sprout out.

 

Planting the Garlic:

Remove the bulbils carefully so the garlic plate is intact. This part is crucial because without the plates garlic will not grow. Select large bulbs and plant them in the soil. Place the tips into the soil, two inches apart deep into the soil bed. Spacing them a decent distance apart is also important. Small cloves should not be planted as they will yield even smaller cloves.

Next step, you will need to cover the soil with suitable toppings like dry leaves, straw or hay. Manure can also be used. At this stage, fertilizer should also be added. If you’re planting in spring you will need to add fertilizer again in the fall and similarly, fertilize again in spring if you plant in the fall. Use organic manure as fertilizer. Compost manure can be added before planting the actual cloves. This will boost the nutrients in the soil and garlic will grow better.

 

Caring for the new plants:

Garlic plants ideally should emerge from the cloves in about 45-60 days. The ideal temperature for the plants is 35-50 degrees.

Water the plants regularly as the new plants require moist environments. Moisture allows the development of roots and the proper growth of the plant. During the rainy season, there is no need to water additionally. However, in dry periods, water deeply once a week.

As the plants thrive to reduce the amount of water. During the maturation phase, garlic bulbs require dry and hot conditions.

For Pests: Mice and other insects like attacking garlic plants. Aphids and other small creatures also damage the new plants sometimes. Plastic mulch or fabric can be used to avoid these pests.

 

Harvesting the garlic:

How to identify when the plants are ready? Garlic bulbs need to pluck when the cloves start separating in the bulb. The leaves will also turn brown or yellow. Store in a cool dry place or braid the stems.

The bulbs should be hanged in a shaded and ventilated area for six weeks. Also, you can choose the best bulbs if you want to plant again.

 

Planting in October:

Planting cloves in the fall will yield fresh cloves in the summer. You require a sunny place and well-drained soil to plant these. Plant the bulbils root side down a few inches apart. Cover with 1-2 inches of soil.

 

Hydroponically growing Garlic:

Garlic can also be grown in water. The plant has a strong pungent smell so it is not ideal to grow it indoors. Although when it is grown outside the smell disappears in the air.

In a glass jar, submerge the root side of the cloves in water until the roots emerge from the bulbs. You can transfer them to your hydroponic system once the root starts appearing. If left longer in the water, the bulbs can start rotting too.

The plants need to have at least 10-12 hours of light. They need the dark as much as light so do not put them in light for long. When grown in the soil, harvesting needs to be done once the leaves turn yellow to brown. In a hydroponic system, garlic bulbs grow a little faster and cloves can be seen without digging them up. So, it becomes easier to see when the bulbs are ready.

Choose the best and large-sized cloves. You can either buy them from the store or farmer’s market.

What is Hydroponics?

Also known as hydroculture, is a way of growing plants without soil. For garlic, the cloves with the skin intact are placed in a rack or inert mediums i.e. gravel or perlite. Below these racks, a solution which contains nutrient is placed where the roots of the plant are placed. Hydroponic systems can be set in a greenhouse or an indoor system. Commercial systems can be bought or you can build your system at home with the following ingredients:

  • Blood, corn or fish meal.
  • Ashes from bones.
  • Seaweed and minerals.
  • Animal and poultry manures.

Garlic requires low temperatures when grown in water. The cloves grow better when exposed to cold temperatures before planting. The cloves can be kept in the fridge for six or seven weeks.

Garlic needs a moist soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Soil with more clay content is not suitable for planting garlic. The compact clay soil does not let the garlic bulbs to grow properly.

It is ideal to plant the cloves six to eight weeks before the ground freezing. This is usually start or mid-September. In the fall season, when planting garlic cloves, the aim is to grow the roots and no shoots above the ground. If the shoots do appear, this means that you planted the seeds shallow or too early. Sometimes, it is recommended to cover the planted site with mulch to protect the soil.

We’ve tried to cover the basics of growing home-grown garlic plants fro all the home gardeners out there.

 

References:

https://luv2garden.com/hydroponic_garlic.html

https://www.burpee.com/gardenadvicecenter/vegetables/garlic/garlic/article10268.html

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/october_is_garlic_planting_time

 

 

Garlic is unique in its aroma and taste, it adds a depth and richnes to our dishes that is unique on its own. The best part is that it contains health benefits as well. So whether you want health or just great taste, garlic is the best ingrediaent to have. With such a great ingredient why not grow it? Here are some reasons to do have it around.

  • Garlic help purify the blood
  • gets rid of toxins in the body.
  • Helps with recovering from the flu and common cold.
  • Garlic regulates glucose level,
  • Helps with blood pressure level and prevents heart diseases.
  • Garlic strengthens the immune system and prevents the development of cancerous cells.

What more reasons does one need? Let start growing garlic!

Growing Garlic from Bulbs:

This is the easiest and best way to grow garlic at home. Garlic cloves which are a part of the bulb, when planted into the soil can grow into fresh bulbs of garlic. We recommend that you buy organic fresh bulbs to use as seeds.

  • Separate out fresh and firm garlic bulbils. Avoid soft cloves.
  • With each clove, you plant one garlic plant will sprout out.

 

Planting the Garlic:

Remove the bulbils carefully so the garlic plate is intact. This part is crucial because without the plates garlic will not grow. Select large bulbs and plant them in the soil. Place the tips into the soil, two inches apart deep into the soil bed. Spacing them a decent distance apart is also important. Small cloves should not be planted as they will yield even smaller cloves.

Next step, you will need to cover the soil with suitable toppings like dry leaves, straw or hay. Manure can also be used. At this stage, fertilizer should also be added. If you’re planting in spring you will need to add fertilizer again in the fall and similarly, fertilize again in spring if you plant in the fall. Use organic manure as fertilizer. Compost manure can be added before planting the actual cloves. This will boost the nutrients in the soil and garlic will grow better.

 

Caring for the new plants:

Garlic plants ideally should emerge from the cloves in about 45-60 days. The ideal temperature for the plants is 35-50 degrees.

Water the plants regularly as the new plants require moist environments. Moisture allows the development of roots and the proper growth of the plant. During the rainy season, there is no need to water additionally. However, in dry periods, water deeply once a week.

As the plants thrive to reduce the amount of water. During the maturation phase, garlic bulbs require dry and hot conditions.

For Pests: Mice and other insects like attacking garlic plants. Aphids and other small creatures also damage the new plants sometimes. Plastic mulch or fabric can be used to avoid these pests.

 

Harvesting the garlic:

How to identify when the plants are ready? Garlic bulbs need to pluck when the cloves start separating in the bulb. The leaves will also turn brown or yellow. Store in a cool dry place or braid the stems.

The bulbs should be hanged in a shaded and ventilated area for six weeks. Also, you can choose the best bulbs if you want to plant again.

 

Planting in October:

Planting cloves in the fall will yield fresh cloves in the summer. You require a sunny place and well-drained soil to plant these. Plant the bulbils root side down a few inches apart. Cover with 1-2 inches of soil.

 

Hydroponically growing Garlic:

Garlic can also be grown in water. The plant has a strong pungent smell so it is not ideal to grow it indoors. Although when it is grown outside the smell disappears in the air.

In a glass jar, submerge the root side of the cloves in water until the roots emerge from the bulbs. You can transfer them to your hydroponic system once the root start appearing. If left longer in the water, the bulbs can start rotting too.

The plants need to have at least 10-12 hours of light. They need the dark as much as light so do not put them in light for long. When grown in the soil, harvesting needs to be done once the leaves turn yellow to brown. In a hydroponic system, garlic bulbs grow a little faster and cloves can be seen without digging them up. So, it becomes easier to see when the bulbs are ready.

Choose the best and large-sized cloves. You can either buy them from the store or farmer’s market.

What is Hydroponics?

Also known as hydroculture, is a way of growing plants without soil. For garlic, the cloves with the skin intact are placed in a rack or in inert mediums i.e. gravel or perlite. Below these racks, a solution which contains nutrient is places where the roots of the plant are placed. Hydroponic systems can be set in a greenhouse or in an indoor system. Commercial systems can be bought or you can build your own system at home with the following ingredients:

  • Blood, corn or fish meal.
  • Ashes from bones.
  • Seaweed and minerals.
  • Animal and poultry manures.

Garlic requires low temperatures when grown in water. The cloves grow better when exposed to cold temperatures prior to planting. The cloves can be kept in the fridge for six or seven weeks.

Garlic needs a moist soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. Soil with more clay content is not suitable for planting garlic. The compact clay soil does not let the garlic bulbs to grow properly.

It is ideal to plant the cloves six to eight weeks prior to the ground freezing. This is usually start or mid-September. In the fall season, when planting garlic cloves, the aim is to grow the roots and no shoots above the ground. If the shoots do appear, this means that you planted the seeds shallow or too early. Sometimes, it is recommended to cover the planted site with mulch to protect the soil.

We’ve tried to cover the basics of growing home-grown garlic plants fro all the home gardeners out there.

 

References:

https://luv2garden.com/hydroponic_garlic.html

https://www.burpee.com/gardenadvicecenter/vegetables/garlic/garlic/article10268.html

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/october_is_garlic_planting_time

 

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