Harvest Monday, July 18, 2016 – Container Garlic & Ginger Update + Starting Fall Seedlings

There were only 2 – 3 green leaves left on each of the container (foam ice chest) grown German Red garlic plants (all the others turned brown) indicating they are ready to harvest.

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German Red Garlic

Very carefully dug up all 11 plants. They were all good sizes (photo below).

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German Red Garlic

Tied all 11 untrimmed and uncleaned plants (as shown in above photo) together into one bunch. The whole bunch is hanging in the shed to dry and cure.

Once dried, cured and cleaned I will take a photo and put together a complete post on how to successfully grow garlic in a container. Stay tuned!

Yes, growing garlic in a container is doable. German Red garlic is a hard neck garlic, next year I am going to experiment with growing soft neck garlic in container as well to compare results.

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The ginger rhizome I planted on 2/15/16 finally sprouted early this month, took over 4 months.

I knew ginger is very slow growing but did not expect it to be so slow, honestly I thought the rhizome had rotted but decided to leave it alone and am glad I did.

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Will not be harvesting any ginger this year, instead I am going to bring the plant indoor when the temperature starts to drop below 50°F and grow it as a houseplant, then next year I will harvest sections of the rhizome as needed and let the remaining rhizome continue to grow and fill the container? Well that’s the plan and what I hope will happen.

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Started my fall seedling – lettuces, bok choys, napas, kohlrabi, radicchio, daikons, carrots and peas.

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Because it has been so HOT, the seeds all germinated and within 2 – 5 days, amazing.

Some of the seedlings will be transplanted into window boxes and some will be bumped up into 3-inch pots for transplanting into the garden as soon as the real estate becomes available and I am able.

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My Bloomerang Lilac bush is putting on a gorgeous second show. The fragrance is just intoxicating.

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Bloomerang Lilac

The lilac bush is getting too tall and wide, it is a lovely size and shape but it is blocking the shed’s door and window. Definitely need to do major pruning after it finishes blooming.

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Because of my hip problem and the heat, not much was accomplished in the garden since my June 27 post (was told no digging, no bending to weed, no lifting, no …..). I did harvest broccoli, Swiss chard, onion and beets as needed but neglected to take photos.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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29 Responses to Harvest Monday, July 18, 2016 – Container Garlic & Ginger Update + Starting Fall Seedlings

  1. Norma, I hope your hip problem is on the mend and looking forward to your garlic growing tutorial. I have just finished 3 window boxes for my kitchen sill. They are now ready for some herbs.
    Have a beautiful week.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. Angie says:

    Hope you are feeling better soon, Norma. Awesome garlic harvest…and the lilac bush looks really nice.

  3. dvelten says:

    Nice job on the garlic. German Red is a large garlic and it looks like you got some good sized bulbs, even in the container. And your patience with the ginger is saintly. Mine would have been in the compost pile.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Dave,
      Not sure why the ginger took so long to sprout this time. Few years ago I tried growing ginger and it took only 2 1/2 months to sprout. Dave of Our Happy Acres says his ginger sprouted in about one month. May be it is the variety.

  4. Eva Taylor says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your hip, Norma, it must be enormously frustrating — we know how you like to play in the garden. The garlic looks wonderful, I am looking forward to the tutorial.
    That boomerang lilac looks incredible, I’ve been thinking about investing in one, this time of year, my garden is so green without a lot of colour (Rose of Sharon and some Hydrangea, but they are not blooming as much this year).

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      It is frustrating but I just have to have patience. I am so happy with the garlic results, now that you know growing garlic in container is doable remember to pick up some locally grown garlic whenever you see them, posting tutorial in a few weeks. Have you considered planting some annuals? I plant annuals among my perennials and shrubs to add colors.

  5. edible gardens point loma says:

    Who knew you could grow garlic in a container? Probably required daily watering. I have trouble here in our warm winters keeping it evenly moist for good growth. My soil is very well-drained despite copious compost added. It is hard not to be able to do what you love–gardening. I have a knee that limits me too.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello EGPL,
      Yes, I do water my containers once a day in the morning. You must have very sandy soil. Have you tried adding peat moss? Hope your knee is better soon.

  6. My ginger only took about one month to sprout, but my turmeric roots took almost as long as your ginger did! I put my ginger in the ground, and I will dig it up and put it in a pot to overwinter. We will have to compare notes on the two different ways. That lilac is beautiful, I can imagine the lovely aroma. I hope you are back to 100% soon!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Dave,
      Not sure why my ginger took so long to sprout, my previous experience was about 2 1/2 months, variety perhaps? Yes, we definitely should compare notes, should be fun.

  7. Very cool to be able to grow such lovely garlic in a pot. I’m interested in growing ginger, so it’s good to know that I will have to be very, very patient. I hope you get back to full gardening health soon!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello B&B,
      I am very pleased with my container garlic results, as for the ginger will have to wait and see how much the rhizome grow, will be posting updates.

  8. Phuong says:

    Your garlic looks fantastic. And you’re already starting fall planting. I should probably get a move on with the broccoli and Brussels sprouts then.

    Sorry your hip is bothering you, but be sure to keep babying it.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Phoung,
      We have a very short growing season, I should actually start carrots and some other crops a week or 2 earlier. I do try to baby my hip but I sometimes forget what I should not do and pay the price.

  9. cheri says:

    I always learn so much from you from each and every post. Cannot wait for the complete post on garlic, thanks Norma!

  10. Susie says:

    I’ll have to check back again on the ginger and see how it goes. I might try starting some indoors over winter and then plant it out in the spring. But if it takes 4+ months just to sprout, I won’t have enough time between winters!!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Susie,
      Not sure why my ginger took so long to sprout this time, previously when I tried it took about 2+ months. I do not have time between winters for the rhizome to grow to a decent size reason I am experimenting with container so I can bring it indoors to grow as an houseplant when the temp start to drop to 50F.

  11. Balvinder says:

    Your garlic harvest looks great, too bad about hearing your hip pain though,

  12. Sophie33 says:

    Dear Norma, I hope your hip problem is not a big problem anymore, get well soon! Hugs!
    Your red garlic is looking fantastic too! Waw!

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  14. ChgoJohn says:

    Sorry that your hip continues to give you problems, Norma. Why can’t these things happen in winter when we’ve fewer activities? I hope you’ll soon get the OK from your Dr and your life can return to normal. Like others, I look forward to the upcoming garlic post because the only way I’ll ever be able to grow garlic is in containers. Your post will be greatly appreciated.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      I am feeling a lot better today, I would recover faster is only I would heed Dr’s advice and refrain from doing what I am told not to. Container garlic post coming soon.

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