Anyhoo, if you’re as big a garlic fan as us lot, you may have asked yourself in the past, “Why don’t I just grow my own garlic at home?” For amateur gardeners, this may sound a little scary, but trust us – garlic is genuinely one of the easiest vegetables you can grow at home – whether that’s indoors in a pot with soil or in water, or outdoors.
So here are plenty of tips for growing garlic at home so you can show off to all your mates about how self-sufficient you’re becoming.
How to grow garlic indoors
We spoke to Emilie Vanpoperinghe, food waste expert and co-founder of Oddbox, to get tips on growing vegetables and herbs indoors from scraps. And here’s what she said about growing garlic indoors at home.
“Plant your garlic cloves with their roots facing down in a small pot of potting soil. Sit it in a spot with lots of direct sunlight, and you’ll begin to see the beginnings of the new shoot in a few days.”
How to grow garlic in water
Emilie also explained how we can grow garlic in water.
Simply pop garlic that has sprouted slightly into a shot glass of water. These tops will continue growing and can be eaten just like spring onions.”
How to grow garlic outdoors
And, of course, garlic can be grown outside in our gardens too. And the best part is, it tends to need little caring for, which is good if you’ve not been blessed with green fingers. Simply water regularly and remove weeds nearby if you spot any.
“Grow garlic in a warm, sunny spot, in fertile, well-drained soil that doesn’t get too wet in winter. Plant garlic cloves in autumn or spring, planting individual cloves 18cm apart at twice their own depth. Keep the area weed free, water when dry and harvest from July onwards.
“To plant garlic, split the bulbs into individual cloves and plant them with the pointed end upwards. Take care not to damage the cloves when separating them. Space them about 18cm apart and plant at twice their own depth.”
How to harvest garlic
As far as harvesting garlic goes, you’ll know when it’s ready as the leaves turn yellow. When this happens, simply lift out the bulb gently, and leave to dry out for a few days in full sun.
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