Container garlic ready for harvest.
Pulled all the container garlic. After removing much of the soil all the plants were bundled together and are hanging in the shed to cure.
Notice how much smaller the head of garlic on the left is compared with the others? All the above garlic were grown in the same container under the same circumstance, the difference is I harvest the scapes from all the garlic plants except the one on the left. A lot of its energy went into the scape resulting in a smaller head of garlic.
Click here (and scroll down) for a tutorial on growing garlic in container.
Click here to learn about garlic scape.
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Pulled up the container onions whose tops had turned brown. Shook off the excess soil and spread them out on an open screen to dry in the shed.
They are of pretty decent sizes. The 3 larger ones weigh about 4 ounces each.
The remaining onions in the container continues to bulk up.
Will pull when the tops turn brown.
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Harvest a large bunch of Red Amaranth
Was going to make soup with the Red Amaranth, but while cleaning realized they were very tender so just wilted the cleaned amaranth (leaves and stems) in garlic infused oil, S&P to taste, simple and delicious.
I had over-sown the Red Amaranth and thin as the container gets overcrowded. The above is actually the 2nd thinning from the window box below.
As you can see, Amaranth grows very well in window box.
Above photo, before thinning. Below photo, after thinning.
Fertilized, after thinning, with liquid fish emulsion fertilizer. In a week or 2 I should be harvesting another thinning.
I also sowed Tri-color Amaranth on the same day as the Red Amaranth but have nothing to show, not even seedlings. There is a rabbit (rabbits?) with very selective preferences, the boxes with the Red Amaranth and Tri-color Amaranth are side-by-side but it ate only the Tri-color.
The rabbit/s also devoured most of the seedlings I transplanted in the containers (Bok Choys, Beet, Kale, Semi-heading Mustard, Lettuces, Celery …..). Fortunately I have extra seedlings for replacements but will need to elevate the containers.
I think the 2 celery plants on the left will regrow as the rabbit/s missed the tiny center leaf of each plant.
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Some of the Sugar Snap Peas seedlings at the edge of the container were also eaten.
Since the missing seedlings are at the edge of the container I re-sowed in those spots and hopefully the seeds will germinate and grow well.
Adding insult to injury, one of the rabbits, after devouring my seedlings could not find its way out of the fenced in area and I had to release it.
I also have a deer parading along the garden fence daily, so far no damage. Trying to snap a photo but so far no luck.
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I, too, have a rabbit in the garden. So far, no obvious damage, but I have new bean seedlings under a row cover to stop chipmunks from digging the seeds. Was planning to uncover them soon, but that might be a bad idea. Eventually the rabbit will grow too big to squeeze through the fence.
I sure hope the rabbit gets too big to squeeze through the fence, in the meantime I am elevating all the containers.
Those amaranth leaves are looking pretty good!
Yes they are and tender and delicious too.
I knew cutting the scapes made for bigger garlic but I never saw the evidence! Of course eating the scapes is also another benefit. Too bad about the rabbit(s) – seems like something is always trying to eat our veggies.
I was quite surprised at the difference in size.
Well, I can now admit that I am a total failure at container garlic. The 12+ that were planted, yielded only two tiny bulbs so sadly, I will admit defeat and pack it in. The figs, on a positive note are doing amazing. Can’t wait for them to grow and ripen. I happen to love bunnies, but I can totally understand your frustration with them.
The reason you got such poor result is because you transplanted the garlic plants at the wrong time. Do consider giving it another chance.
Loved the side-by-side comparison of garlic heads! So cutting those scapes truly matters to the plant…beyond the yummy stir-fry addition the scapes make. This is my second year growing garlic in a container, and I’m so glad I’ve now found the technique. Thanks for your sage advice!
Glad to know you have been successfully growing garlic in container. What variety do you grow?
Truly nothing better than eating from your own garden. I am missing having more growing at home at the moment. When I next grow garlic, I will remember about the scapes.
Have a super day Norma.
🙂 Mandy xoxo
I am sure you will be back to gardening as soon as you are settled back home. A super day to you too.
It’s fantastic your container garlic and onions did so well. It looks like amaranth is a good green for hot summers, I tried to grow it a couple times in the desert but never got it to germinate.
I do not have good germination when I direct sow amaranth seeds in the ground but good germination in containers. You may want to try sowing in container then transplant to garden.
What a beautiful different harvest, dear Norma! I lóve it all! Waw! 👍🏻👍🏻