Planting Garlic at Home

Updated on December 8, 2017
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Deborah gardens as a hobby and enjoys organic vegetables in her kitchen. She keeps a variety of edible plants in her garden.

If you are a garlic lover, you can plant garlic quite easily in your own back yard. Space can be made in your own garden for this tasty vegetable. Garlic bulbs can be planted into the ground or in a pot. It is incredible easy; you simply begin by buying garlic bulbs from your local grocery store.

The best time to plant garlic is during the fall. The bulbs expand in winter. Never the less, garlic will grow any time of the year.

Step 1

Buy garlic! Buy the fullest bulbs of garlic that you can see. Elephant garlic or any of the smaller varieties will work. You may buy as much as you like. Each bulb goes a long way.

Buy garlic at your local grocery store. A large amount is not needed. Garlic may be planted in a small patch of a garden.
Buy garlic at your local grocery store. A large amount is not needed. Garlic may be planted in a small patch of a garden.

Step 2

Separate each bulb. Be sure to leave a layer of skin. The biggest cloves are the most flavorful, but the small ones can be planted as well.

Separate each clove of garlic, leaving a layer of skin on them. The largest cloves will grow the biggest.
Separate each clove of garlic, leaving a layer of skin on them. The largest cloves will grow the biggest.

Step 3

Place the cloves pointing up, so the roots can grow from the flat side down. Then cover with soil. Place dirt on top, not to deep, because you do not want to inhibit the stem.

Plant garlic clove, pointing up. Then cover with soil.
Plant garlic clove, pointing up. Then cover with soil.

Step 4

Covering crop with mulch is essential to promote growth. Covering with dried leaves, alfalfa, or straw, will work as well.

You may plant cloves of garlic in a pot. Do not over stock pot, so the growth of bulbs will not be inhibited. Mulch should be placed over planting, in a pot or patch of soil.
You may plant cloves of garlic in a pot. Do not over stock pot, so the growth of bulbs will not be inhibited. Mulch should be placed over planting, in a pot or patch of soil.

Step 5

Water soil! Be sure to water daily.

After nineteen days the crop begins to grow.
After nineteen days the crop begins to grow.

That’s it! Each clove grows into a full bulb of garlic. Enjoy your very own supply of garlic.

Each clove of garlic becomes a full sized bulb.
Each clove of garlic becomes a full sized bulb.
A large crop of garlic can be planted. The length of the green stem depends on the species. The tasty crop should be ready in approximately a month, harvest as needed.
A large crop of garlic can be planted. The length of the green stem depends on the species. The tasty crop should be ready in approximately a month, harvest as needed.

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