Beginner garlic tips in 60 seconds


Ready to start growing garlic? As we mentioned in the previous article, this versatile plant is so simple to use for cooking and just as simple to grow. The key to success with garlic is space; all you need is space. 

So, if you have found the space to start growing garlic, go grab a garlic bulb and you’re all ready to start growing! As you begin your journey to gardening consider some of these simple quick tips as you go from planting to harvest



Unsure how much to buy? One head of garlic should do. Remember one clove makes one plant, so unless you’re planning to build a farm, one head of garlic should be enough for one planter box.

garlic head and clove

Those are two heads of garlic at the left and right and two cloves of garlic in the middle of this image from Authority Nutrition.

Worried about your plant’s success? Remember to keep the skins on the cloves and plant the cloves pointing up. Bury the cloves one to two inches deep.


How do you know when your plant needs extra attention? Remember yellowing tips. Your garlic may need extra care if the leaves are beginning to turn yellow from the outside rather than from the stem. It may suggest your garlic has white rot. Here’s a helpful guide with dealing with it. 

How often do I water them? Once every three days, less if it’s raining. Garlic loves the moisture, so give them a nice shower every now and then.

How can I get the most from my garlic? A few months after your garlic begins growing grass-like shoots, it will begin growing little stems from the middle of the plant, these are called scapes. They taste similar to garlic and are as flexible to cook with. Consider it a teaser to your garlic, cut off some of the scapes when they begin to twirl. It can help with your garlic’s growth.

garlic scape

Garlic scape image from Lopez Island Kitchen Gardens


Need to know if your garlic is ready? Half-yellowed shoots. Garlic will begin to grow grass-like shoots. When those shoots begin turning yellow, don’t fret, that’s a good sign. Once the shoots are half yellow, get your hands dirty; your garlic is ready for harvest.

With all these simple tips you almost guarantee a successful life for your garlic. If you’re ready to start, jump right to your My Green Space app to set up your garlic plant today!


Header photo by Darius Anton

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