Garlic is an excellent spice to add to our indoor herb garden repertoire. To begin, growing garlic has very little cost outside of our standard indoor herb growing setup – which may include a bit of growing lights if you are without direct sun for a lot of the day. Aside from that, growing garlic is as easy as taking a garlic blub, removing the individual cloves and planting those.
A note of caution however – grocery store garlic tends to be sprayed with chemicals to restrict the ability of the garlic to sprout, which is not what we want! It is recommended that you get bulbs from an expert. If you cannot find one, then I would like to suggest starting off with organic garlic.
There’s one main thing to keep in mind with garlic. This is a sub soil growing plant – even though it does have leaves above soil, the bulb grows beneath it. That implies the most important thing to remember here is drainage. You do not want your garlic sitting in water, or it’ll simply rot. That’s one of the reasons indoor growing is so well suited – it is straightforward to set up a pot with fantastic draining for the garlic to grow in.
Re the pot that you will use to grow your garlic, there are a few simple guidelines to keep in mind. You want your small garlic cloves to be spaced about 3-4 inches apart when you plant them. The diameter of your pot will determine how many you can plant – however you do want your pot to be 10-12 inches deep. A good place to start may be a 12″ diameter pot that is 12″ deep. You would then plant your cloves – pointy side up – about 1.5″ below the surface, and 3-4 inches separate from each other.
Most endorse planting garlic in October/Nov – this is really for those growing outside. You want to plant before it gets too cold but for about a month after planting, you would like to keep the pots in a cool place – about fifty degrees F. Make sure you keep the cloves well watered during this time. At that point its simply a matter of watering constantly – again you do not need the cloves sitting in water and therefore rotting, but you don’t want the soil getting too dry either.
Follow these steps then approx ten months later you should have full bulbs ready to crop. A fast note on harvesting: It can be a tiny challenging to work out when to crop them. If you harvest the garlic bulbs too early, then they’re going to be little. There are two ways that you can figure this out – if you dig up a bulb and check the layers, if there are 3 layers on the outside then it is prepared, if there are way more then it is not. On digging up bulbs – don’t pull them out by the plant, instead utilize a spade and fully dig them up. Another way to inform that they are prepared is to wait for the leaves to start browning. If you planted in October/November, this can be around Aug/September the next year.
Joseph Robertson has always liked the convenience and freshness of having an indoor herb garden. On his website, you can find handy articles on all you need to know about developing your own indoor herb garden.