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Leftover Garlic Clove? This Is How You Grow Your Own Garlic

It’s easier than you think!

Does a recipe require one clove of garlic, but then you end up using four? Then you’ll be out of garlic in no-time. You can then choose to buy new ones each time, or you can grow it yourself!

Season to plant it

Most people are busy with their vegetable garden in the spring. Not surprisingly, most seeds of vegetables and fruits should be in the ground at this time. Garlic, however, is different. It is best grown in the fall, between September and November. Although it is also possible in the spring, the thing is that garlic flowers a little faster then.

Choosing the clove

We already mentioned that you only need one clove to grow your own garlic. You do have to search for a good clove. Although you can get by with a smaller one, it is best to choose a clove that is as large as possible. Logically, these also produce the larger bulbs of garlic. And that, of course, is what we all want!


To grow your own garlic, you don’t need that much. Just a clove of garlic (or several, if you want to grow several bulbs), potting soil, water and space to plant. You can do this in a vegetable garden, but you can also do it in a large pot on your balcony.

Step 1: Choose the right potting soil

We already said you need potting soil, but you need to make sure your potting soil is the right one for growing garlic. Choose a type that allows water to pass well and that is not fertilized. The former point in particular is important. This is because if your soil is too wet, garlic cannot grow as well.

Step 2: planting

Find a sunny spot for the garlic to grow. Enrich the soil with potting soil, or fill a large flower pot with potting soil. With a finger, make holes in the potting soil a few inches deep. This is where the cloves will go later. Pour some water over the holes and then insert a clove. Cover with soil and pour some more water over it.

Step 3: patience

You don’t have to look after the garlic much. Occasional watering is sufficient. Furthermore, it is mainly a matter of patience. After a few weeks you can see the first signs of life. A green sprite will appear (if all goes well). After this point, unfortunately, you still have to wait a while for it to appear. It takes about six months until your garlic is ready. Then take them out of the ground, hang them by the stem and let them dry. Is your garlic dry? Then you can store it afterwards as you normally do.

Good luck!

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