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Growing Garlic from Table Scraps!

Posted by 1FrugalMom on June 5, 2013 at 8:35 AM
Did you know?  1) you can easily grow garlic from table scraps!  2) the young leaves can also be eaten!  They have a nice, mild, garlic (almost onion like) type tasty flavor.

That's right, you can eat the leaves much like you would green onions or chives!  Cut a little bit off, and toss it into your salad (or pasta, dip, soup, etc.), or onto a baked potato, or whatever you like.  Just don't eat them all, b/c if you leave some length, you can later braid your garlic after it's harvested & dried, which makes a neat & convenient storage display.  Garlic is EASY to grow (and can be grown in all zones), and as you can see below, it grows quickly, too!  And the health benefits are numerous!  Garlic is a staple in our household; we love it, and use it in many recipes.

Below are some step by step photos of my garlic being grown from table scraps:



Notes:  I used an inexpensive American organic garlic bulb from my local grocery store which only cost about $0.50 cents.  I separated the cloves, and planted them tips up, and flat parts down (where the roots will develop).  Garlic likes full sun, and being well drained.  Each clove planted will produce a bulb (of about 12 - 20 cloves).  Want more info?  I found the following post, here, to be very informative.


p.s. The "pot" in the photos, is actually a recycled gallon tin can that I picked up from Papa John's Pizza for FREE!  It was used to hold marinara sauce before I cleaned it out, drilled holes in it for drainage, and painted it.  It was left over from a previous project I made, a DIY Hanging Garden.  To see what else I have in my apartment garden, click here.


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12 Comments

Reply Lori Bahn
4:15 PM on August 14, 2013 
This is super and so happy you shared this. I never thought you could do this.
Reply ASHLEY
1:47 PM on February 21, 2014 
Can I plant this early summer or does it have to be in the fall?
Reply Angelfil Santillan Alojado
3:25 AM on June 14, 2014 
hi ' pleases could you you share more ideas about organic .

thank you,
Reply Michelle
5:14 AM on September 1, 2015 
How do you know when the garlic is ready?
Reply Elle
3:36 PM on April 15, 2016 
Are you supposed to peel the cloves before planting? Or no?
Reply 1FrugalMom
4:00 PM on April 15, 2016 
Hi, Elle. No, you don't have to peel the cloves before planting. ;-)

Elle says...
Are you supposed to peel the cloves before planting? Or no?
Reply angela little
12:39 AM on May 13, 2016 
How does this work
Reply Julie
11:19 AM on July 7, 2016 
Can you send a finish photo please?
Reply Amy
1:11 PM on July 8, 2016 
Do you have to trim the flat end that you place down in the dirt at all?
Reply 1FrugalMom
10:45 AM on February 3, 2017 
Amy says...
Do you have to trim the flat end that you place down in the dirt at all?


Hi, Amy. No, don't trim the ends you place down in the dirt. Those are the roots and you want them to grow. Sorry about the delayed response.
Reply 1FrugalMom
10:48 AM on February 3, 2017 
ASHLEY says...
Can I plant this early summer or does it have to be in the fall?


Hi, Ashley. I guess that depends where you're located. Early Summer is fine here where I'm located in NW FL. Sorry about the delayed response.
Reply 1FrugalMom
10:52 AM on February 3, 2017 
Michelle says...
How do you know when the garlic is ready?


Hi, Michelle. Garlic takes about nine months to grow, so mark your calendar then check one when 9 months has passed since the time you planted them. If one is ready then you're good to go. If not, check again in another week or two.

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