Growing fresh garlic is actually very easy and takes no time or effort at all. This is not a post about how to grow garlic but how I grew this garlic. I did not do any research on growing garlic, no internet search, nothing.
Sometimes you just have to go on your feelings and trust yourself that you know what you are doing. I knew if I took the garlic bulbs and put the root end in water that it would eventually grow roots. I didn't know how long it would take or what I would do after they sprout. So I put the garlic in some water around the beginning of September.
You should change the water every couple of days to keep it fresh. I put these in the sun on the window sill in my kitchen for about two weeks before moving them to the brighter front porch. The roots starting sprouting after three or four weeks.
The sprouts started to get surprisingly large and the long roots were growing over the sides of the bowl. I decided that it was time to put them in some dirt. So mid October I decided to transplant them. I used some general potting soil, some old clay pots and made sure that I put some tiny rocks in the bottom before planting to insure good drainage!
Surprisingly, the bulbs took root. I had them in the sunniest part of the yard I could find and watered them regularly. After a couple of weeks they would grew to over ten inches tall. I was truly amazed.
As I watched them grow I started to think about what to do with them next. I always plant my new tulip bulbs around Thanksgiving and garlic bulbs are like tulip bulbs so around the second week in November I placed the garlic plants in the dirt at the end of the driveway with about 50 tulip bulbs.
During the cold winter months nothing really happened, they just stood dormant for a couple of months. As soon as spring arrived and the temperatures warmed up the garlic and tulips started to grow.With all the rain we have been having this spring and summer the garlic grew at a rapid pace. Several weeks later around mid spring or late April I had some fairly large bulbs. I then took the garlic and pulled it from the ground. I tied the garlic and let it hang in the sun on the front porch.
You can use your fresh grown garlic to make Roasted Garlic!