Growing Garlic In Pots or containers Essential Facts to Remember
Growing garlic in a container is a great way to provide your kitchen with this most flavorsome and the freshest of herbs. Apart from being easy to grow, garlic has been considered as one of the most useful herbs that contains a lot of medicinal value.
Growing garlic can be done in the middle of October because the cold weather can help the garlic’s growth and development, resulting to more cloves and larger bulbs. In planting the garlic, it is important to stick with using particular cultured varieties such as Albigensian Wight, White Pearl, Iberian Wight, Early Purple White and Lautrec Wight.
These varieties are generally regarded as Purple Moldovan Wight and Frances finest garlic, which are considered best to be grown in northern climates. However, some larger supermarkets that sell these varieties have probably treated the bulbs in order to prevent sprouting.
Growing garlic in a container can be done even as late as April but this may result to smaller produce. However, at this time of the year, you can plant any spare garlic cloves you have bought from the supermarket. It is recommended to divide the cloves from the bulb and separate the healthiest and the largest looking garlic cloves for planting.
Fill your deep container (at least six inches in circumference) with potting compost. Remember that a deep container is important because garlic has fine roots that tend to look for water deeper compared to other similar plants.
This ensures its healthy and natural survival especially during severe conditions. Plant one garlic clove in each pot in a vertical position, not over than one and a half inch beneath the soil surface. You can identify the bottom of the clove by its flattened and a little concave end.
Water your pots regularly and put them outside where they can get enough sunlight. If you are growing garlic before winter, it is best to keep your pots away from the cold winds. From the first days of June and onwards, start nourishing your garlic with an all-purpose plant food every 2 weeks.
The garlic must be ready for harvest any time between the months of August and September, depending on the variety and the weather. In harvesting, it can be difficult to know when the garlic is ripe for harvest.
Remember that harvesting the garlic too early can result to very small produce while harvesting them too late can lead to poor quality. Therefore, it is vital to know an accurate way to determine the right time of harvesting.
A good method to know whether your garlic is ready to be harvested is to pull a single garlic bulb in early August when the weather is wet. Afterwards, observe the number of sheaths or layers around the bulb. If it has three thin papery layers, your garlic is ready to be harvested. On the other hand, if the garlic has four or more papery layers, it is better to wait for another two weeks or until most of the garlic leaves are brown in color.
In harvesting your garlic bulbs, make sure to be gentle in removing them from the ground with the use of a trowel. This way, you can carefully loosen the soil that surrounds the garlic, making sure not to damage them.