Sunday, March 22, 2009

Growing Garlic


We decided that we would grow garlic in buckets this year. From what we gathered bucket gardening is beneficial because there is alot that we can control which is in direct contrast to growing things directly in the ground. The only issues we have had thus far is the occassional weed that has been lying dormant in our compost or fresh unearthened dirt. Nevertheless the benefits of container or bucket gardening is being able to micro-manage every stage of the vegetables growth. Im not a botanist by any means but I can tell what is a weed and what is not when I grow things in my containers and for that matter my raised beds. So if the garlic do well this year I am going to be the biggest advertiser of growing garlis in containers. Im using a one gallon plant container maybe larger to grow the garlic. I set the garlic in a few weeks back and watered and now they are starting to sprout. I bought garlic specifically meant to plant instead of using our own. Hopefully it works. I love garlic.

6 comments:

questa7 said...

Me too...on the loving garlic! What an exciting blog. I look forward to seeing how things turn out for you as the season progresses.

ATW said...

Questa- thanks for stopping by. I love good food and it doesn't get any better than home grown. I just need to learn a little bit more about the fundamentals of cooking and I will be on my way.

Melissa ~ Wife to 1, Mom to 5 said...

That is probably the #1 reason I love my raised beds - being able to quickly ascertain what is a weed and pull them out. When I garden in the ground it is only for potatoes (which I hoe between the rows each week) and large plants like tomatoes or peppers since I can mulch heavily between the plants. Everything else is in raised beds. And, I love garlic too! I planted some last fall and am pulling it up now to use - it's small (I'm the impatient harvester lol) but the flavor is incredible! I'm curious about the buckets - do you drill holes in the bottom of them? On craigslist here, you can get free planter pots in every shape and size. I have all my herbs growing that way on the patio. Plus, I like that they're movable - if some are getting too much sun, I can make that adjustment easily.

ATW said...

Melissa- One day on my way to work at O-dark thirty in the morning I saw that one of my neighbors threw out 15 very large plastic planter buckets. they must have ordered some trees and planted them and threw the buckets out. I called my wife and tole her to pick them up and she threw them in the car before I even reached work. The buckets already come pre-holed for drainage. I love anything recyclable and FREE:)

Melissa ~ Wife to 1, Mom to 5 said...

That's the exact same philosophy we have. Luckily, I'm married to a trash hauler... he always asks before he takes anything for personal use, but boy has he gotten some great stuff!! It is amazing what people will throw away!

ATW said...

I feel like some hobo driving around looking at thrown out treasures for my garden. But i just get a kick out of re-using things. As long as I can make it tasteful, Im all over it.