Today I took advantage of a sunny but cold day to plant some garlic for green garlic. For those not familiar with it, green garlic is to garlic what a green onion (or scallion) is to a mature onion. I think it sort of resembles a scallion, but the taste is all garlic. Both the green and white parts of the young garlic are edible, and it can be harvested early on before the main crop of garlic is ready.
Green garlic can be planted any time from fall on up through late winter and early spring. I like to use garlic that is already sprouting, which will be up and growing in no time. It is also a good way to use any of those small cloves you might have, since you’re not trying to grow a big head of garlic.
I prepared an area where radishes had been growing earlier, adding some compost and a little organic fertilizer (3-4-4). I planted the green garlic fairly close together, about two or three inches apart. Since the soil was fairly loose, I just poked a hole with my finger and then dropped in a clove of garlic. After they were all planted I covered them with a little soil, and then added a bit of straw for mulch.
I also sometimes grow green garlic in containers. It is easy to grow that way, and can be grown indoors or in a greenhouse to supply a little taste of green garlic even in the middle of winter.
I love garlic in all its forms, and my goal is to have homegrown garlic year round. With a fresh, garlicky flavor, green garlic is great way to enjoy the taste of garlic early in the season. And it’s also easy to grow!
Yum garlic. Though I have never grown garlic just for green garlic. I tend to pick it early if I’ve run out of garlic, but I haven’t done that in years.
I’ve heard of green garlic but never grown it – I must try it some time. That’s quite surprising that you would also eat the leaves; I didn’t realize they would be that tender.
At that stage the leaves are quite tender. And the flavor is wonderful!
I had never thought to plant the sprouting garlic for green garlic. It seems so obvious now, duh! I love green garlic, it’s so mild you can use copious amounts.
I’ve never grown garlic before, but after going back and reading your previous garlic posts, I’m going to give it a go next year.
You should have plenty of time to get it planted!