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Growing Organic Garlic on the Cheap! (Frugal Gardening)

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I spent only $6.53 this year to plant 166 future bulbs of garlic!

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dice341 says:

A friend gave me a bunch of garlic and shallots. I live in 6b so I think I will wait until 1st frost before I plant them.

SurfinScientist says:

I just harvested my first garlic bulb after planting ten cloves last (early) winter that I bought at the groceries. Harvest was a bit early, so I leave the rest in the ground for one more week. My wife prepared a delicious meal with this fresh garlic, and I was surprised how well it tasted. The taste is much more "direct" than what I buy in the store, and it really got me hooked! Coming autumn I'll try to find hardneck garlic, because I want to eat the scapes. Unfortunately, softneck is much more common here in west Japan due to the warm climate.

The Vegetable Gardening Show says:

We love growing lots of garlic here. You can never grow too much 🙂

Emerson White says:

You might take note of the size of cloves that you plant. The cloves are all genetically identical clones of each other, so it might be more efficient to plant the small cloves and eat the large ones. A bigger clove gives the new garlick a bit of a head start, but depending on your situation that might not be necessary.

Thomas McCoy says:

Hi Patrick. I live in a near Chicago village. The spring temperatures recently have allowed my Spanish Roja to sprout thu the 4 inches of leaves covering the bed. I'm wondering if your garlic sprouted too, and if we should be concerned.

Joseph Leonardo says:

So I planned garlic in the late fall and I went out in the backyard today and decided to look at my bed and noticed the the garlic had sprouted before the winter had time to freeze the ground. Will they survive the winter?

Benja's Uber 1337 Hobby says:

Sounds like you had quite a bit of saving there 🙂

Joaquin V says:

Can you eat the garlic shoots/ flowers? Something akin to green onion?

McLovin says:

Hi, really enjoy your videos, I'm planting some Elephant garlic and some Carcassonne garlic – around 136 cloves in all, I hope it will store well next year.
Anyway, according to one of Juliette de Bairacli Levy's books (Herbal Handbook for Everyone) garlic roots can be used as a bird repellent on seedlings;
"As long ago as 1947, when I was gardener to Professor Edmond Bordeux Szekely on his Nature Ranch in Mexico, near the Californian border, I protected seedlings from the ravages of wild birds, using powdered garlic roots, sprinkled heavily upon and around the seedlings. The idea was a success. The seedlings grew up to safe and healthy maturity, but the garden had a most unpleasant smell after every every shower of rain".
She goes on to mention about powdered bitter herbs (sage, wormwood, southernwood, rue, mugwort and the like) being used for pest control and as a feed, something I will be trying next year as I grew theses herbs this year. Not sure why I bothered to type all this but I guess I'm looking for a complete self sufficient system where nearly everything I grow has more than one use without the need to buy added supports for the plot.
One thing I'm reading up on at the moment is moon gardening and biodynamic gardening, I have started to follow this with my garlic but would like to to chat with anyone who has tried this with or without success, is it worth the time and energy?

Don Montoya says:

Finally, a video that doesn't fluff everything to death. Just show us hoooow toooo doooo iiiit. Thanks for the great video!!!!

Cate's Garden says:

I'm surprised that Kitty wasn't turned off by the smell of garlic! (I'm not, though, LOL…)

Mj K says:

I save a fortune on seeds by just buying organic heirloom produce from the store and harvesting the seeds from it. Of course, I only had to do this the first year and keep my seeds from successive generations for the next year's garden.

Dale Calder says:

That is a big savings. I'm growing soft neck for the first time, 3 varieties, and it cost me $4.00 a head.

Sheri Fischer says:

Garlic is one of my favorite crops. Excellent video on planting technique and as always I like your garden setup for growing cold weather produce.

Elyse Joseph says:

Music garlic is the most cultivated kind in Québec. Very cold hardy and great tasting! I think I heard our Canadian goose fly over your place, so sad when they leave 🙁 Oh well, better get use to it, winter is coming 😉

Roobz Z says:

I hope that cat isn't allowed to wander around your neighborhood, cats are not eco-friendly.

odette381 says:

Thanks for the info. I was just thinking of planting some bulbs from the grocery store. Christopher Ranch is just south of us but my husband bought a bag of garlic that says "product of China." I'll probably throw it out when he's not looking.
When you say 3 inches deep is that measured from the top or the bottom? Dumb question but I wasn't sure.

Gapeys Grub says:

I just got my garlic in the ground the other day. I'm trying music garlic for the first time. I swapped some of my saved garlic with a friend who gave me some of his music garlic. Only got 3 cloves though. Was surprised how big the cloves were. I planted 81 cloves total of 5 different varieties. I haven't had to buy garlic in a long time. I always grow garlic I've saved from previous years and also swapped with other people to try new varieties. My current favorites are Turkish Giant and Western Rose.

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