Oh god, we are out of garlic again? It is surely annoying to forget about garlic and go all the way to the shop. But if this situation happens often, then you can start thinking of growing garlic. It is easy, safe and you will save some cash. Consider growing this perennial bulb used as a great culinary application. You can successful grow it inside and it will only take up to six months to have your plant well-developed.
At first prepare all the needed materials for the planting. Things you will need are organic potting soil, 12-inch container with drainage holes, high-phosphorous fertilizer and garlic bulb, as well as screen and plastic tray. When you choosing the container, make sure that is at least 10 inches deep. You have to put there the soil, but fill just ¾ of the space. The container should have at least 2 drainage holes in the bottom. If you want to have the best possible results, then you can use amended with a blend of compost, which is specially formulated for this type of usage.
Before planting the garlic bulb, you have to add the fertilizer. Make sure to mix it well with the soil in the container, then you can handle the planting process. Break the garlic bulb into cloves and leave the skin intact. Now you have to insert each of the cloves into the soil to at least 1 inch deep. Plant the the gloves separate at 4 to 5 inches apart within the container.
Now when you have the garlic planted, it is time to look deeper into the growing conditions. First of all, set up special lights, if you don’t have a sunny area in your home. Check for lights in the nearest gardening store and make sure to have them on for 12 hours each day. Water the plants thoroughly, until you see leaks in the tray. You have to keep the soil moist and water every other week or when you see the it drying out. Prune the flowers as soon as they appear. This way you will allow the garlic to grow back in the bulb.
As most reliable gardening professionals from London advise, we have to harvest the garlic bulbs when the foliage begins to turn yellow. However, doing it gently is a must. Just use a trowel and lift the bulbs out of the container. Make sure to place the harvest on the screen and let it dry for at least two weeks.