How to Grow Sprouted Garlic

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Sprouted garlic needs to be grown in a very particular way for the absolute best possible results. Find out how to grow sprouted garlic with help from an experienced gardener in this free video clip.

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Hi. I'm Kathy Martin, author or the blog Skippy's Vegetable Garden, a journal of sustainable vegetable gardening. I'm here in my fall garden in Belmont, Massachusetts with Skippy and friends to show you how to plant sprouted garlic. So there's a couple of things to talk about, the sprouted garlic first. And first is the variety or the condition of the garlic. And this is garlic that I've gotten from the supermarket. I didn't use it in time and it's sprouted. It's not going to be so good for eating so if I can grow it I'll get a nice fresh clove of garlic next year. But I don't know where this came from I don't know what the variety is, don't necessarily know if it's going to be the best variety for my garden. It's also not as crisp and new as it had been. All these things will affect the way the garlic grows and you may not get as big a bulb as you would have if things were perfect. But garlic is really tough and it's going to in almost any case grow and give you a plant. The next thing is to think about the time of year that it is and fall is a perfect time to plant garlic. Garlic goes through a growth cycle where in the fall when you plant it it grows roots and maybe a little bit of a shoot. In the winter it's then quiet while the weather is cold, and doesn't do much growing when it's cold. And then in the spring it's going to have a burst of growth. The roots are there and the plants are going to come up really fast, make a lot of greens and a flower. And then what it does in order to get ready for the hot summer is it has a trick that it pulls all its energy down into the bulb and all the good pungent flavors that we love get pulled down into the bulb and the plant dies back and that way the garlic can sustain a hot summer by going dormant and then we have the bulb that we like to eat. So what we're going to do now is the perfect time in the fall to plant the garlic. And this is the place I'm going to use. We have a spot with full sun. Garlic needs lots of sunlight. We need to have a nice rich soil and what I'm going to do is take this compost here and lay on two inches of compost over the bed. So I'm going to lay down two inches of fresh compost here. There we go. It should be about three shovel fulls for this area. Spread it out and then what I'm going to do is remove rocks or debris that's in there. And then we're going to turn this under. Give it a nice mix. And I'm going spread the soil evenly again to give us a nice working surface. And now we're ready to plant the garlic. What we need to do first is plant the cloves of garlic. You want to have each clove of garlic planted separately. And each clove is going to make a new head. And the next thing is to dig a hole, two to three inches deep. Put the garlic in and you want to have the pointy end upward and the flat end at the bottom. And I'm using the previous one as my reference. I want them six inches apart. So I'm planting a row of each one of these cloves. So now we have the garlic planted and at this point I'm going to cover it up. And this is an area where I remember that garlic. I could put in a label here and mark it. Next I'm going to prepare a plant label, label this garlic. And we're going to put that in at the head of the garlic row. The last step now is to protect the garlic that we've planted with a layer of mulch. And this is salt marsh hay. I'm going to just spread out a layer of this. this will prevent the area from drying out and having freezed off cycles during the winter. And now our garlic is set to grow. What we can expect to happen is during the winter there may be a few small sprouts that come up. And then in the summer we're going to see a lot of growth and the garlic should be planted once a couple of the leaves die back. And it will be around July. And then you'll have a nice fresh head of garlic from your sprouted garlic. So I've shown you how to grow sprouted garlic. Next July we should get a nice fresh pungent head of garlic from each of these. I'm Kathy Martin, author of the blog, Skippy's Vegetable Garden. Grow healthy food for your family using sustainable gardening methods.


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