Growing Garlic from Supermarket
If you have some garlic at home that has sprouted, do not worry, you may find it very useful to harvest your own garlic. Let’s look at how to grow garlic from such sprouted garlic.
Garlic is surprisingly easy to grow, as long as you get the timing right. In addition to having an intense flavor and many culinary uses, it has been used as a home remedy for centuries.
There are many different ways to grow garlic whether it’s growing them indoors or outdoors. In this article you will learn how to correctly and successfully grow garlic at home.
Right place to grow
Garlic needs a lot of full sun, but it might tolerate partial shade but not for long. So the place where you sow garlic cloves must get direct sunlight. The soil must be well prepared. Sandy loam soil is best for growing garlic. Use compost and manure to add nutrients to the soil before planting the garlic.
Choose the right cloves
Get the fresh garlic bulbs with large cloves from the store or from your kitchen. Be careful to not damage the cloves at their base where they are attached to the garlic plate. If the base is damaged, the garlic will not grow. Always plant the large cloves as they produce large bulbs.
Sow the cloves into the soil
Point the tips upward and plant the cloves about 5 cm deep. The cloves should be spaced about 20 cm apart for best growing conditions. After sowing, cover the planted cloves with hay, dry leaves, straw, or compost. After mulching garlic cloves, sprinkle water on them.
The planted garlic needs a complete fertilizer care at the time of planting.
Once you have planted the cloves of garlic, you need to take care of it for best results. Newly planted garlic needs to be kept moist to help the roots to develop. Do not over water as it rot or not grow well. Insects, mice, and pests may come to destroy your garlic. So it is wise to inspect the area frequently. If you get any symptoms of pests, use pesticide to avoid damage to your plants. If you have a problem with mice in your area, consider using plastic mulch.
Harvesting of garlic
As the garlic plant begins to grow, long green stalks emerge. Garlic bulbs are ready to harvest when you can feel the individual cloves in the bulb, and the leaves turn yellow and brown. Once the scapes start to dry, it is important to harvest garlic or the head will shatter and divide into individual cloves. Pull the bulbs out of the ground. If using a fork, be careful not to stab the bulbs underground.
I hope this information helps you to grow garlic. Reach out to us at Gardengram if you have any more doubts and we will guide you through your gardening journey.