My container garlic experiment is for my blogging friend Eva of Kitchen Inspiration. Eva has been trying to grow garlic for a number of years but without luck as she lacks suitable growing conditions. She does some rooftop container gardening so I got to thinking: Perhaps she could grow garlic in container on her rooftop.
But is it possible to grow garlic in containers? The only way to find out is to give it try.
Started the experiment November 2015. I stored a few heads of German Red garlic bulbs in my fridge over the winter (to mimic the cold months). Brought the garlic bulbs out of cold storage last week. Separated the cloves and planted them in a foam ice chest.
Planted 11 cloves (left photo), covered with soil (right photo), watered well and placed the ice chest in a sunny location. Now I must wait. Keeping my fingers crossed and hope my experiment is successful. Will keep you posted on its progress.
Thinking: German Red Garlic is a hard neck garlic, perhaps I should have also included soft neck garlic in my experiment for comparison. Too late now, next year. I do have perfect 20/20 hind sight.
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Started more seeds – celeriac, beets and more lettuce.
Also started 3 different varieties of onion – Wethersfield Red, Southport White Globe and Australian Brown. These 3 varieties were grown at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden last year.
Onion seeds were sown in clam shell containers that blueberries came in – 3 rows, 10 seeds to a row. Love these clam shell containers, just the right size for my need, have drainage holes and better yet come with their own dome covers.
All my years of gardening I have not been able to grow onions successfully and it is not from lack of trying. This year I am determined to succeed. Planning to read all I can find about growing onions. If the above 3 varieties can be grown successfully in LGHVG I should be able to also.
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Am pleased to report the celery seed I started and mentioned in my 2/29/16 post all germinated and are growing happily under grow lights with the other seedlings.
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