Indoor Gardening with Garlic Greens

comments (22) November 2nd, 2015

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WesternGardener Jodi Torpey, contributor
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Lets take our vegetable gardening inside! All you need is a container, potting soil and garlic cloves to grow your own garlic greens indoors.
Garlic cloves planted today will give you fresh greens in just a few weeks.
Lets take our vegetable gardening inside! All you need is a container, potting soil and garlic cloves to grow your own garlic greens indoors.Click To Enlarge

Let's take our vegetable gardening inside! All you need is a container, potting soil and garlic cloves to grow your own garlic greens indoors.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

In March I invited vegetable gardeners to join me in a project to grow a crop of microgreens indoors. Those who planted their seeds at home at the same time as I did, saw their seeds sprout and start to grow in about two weeks.

They were also ready to start harvesting and eating their mircrogreens in just a few more weeks.

For the fall season grow along, I thought it would be fun to plant grow a batch of garlic greens indoors together.

This planting-and-growing project is an easy way to bring gardening inside. Even though this indoor vegetable planting won't result in any heads of garlic, you'll have fresh garlic greens in just a few weeks.

The cloves will sprout and send up tall shoots of garlic greens that you'll be able to harvest at least twice before the cloves are spent. Then you can plant again.

The greens add delicious garlicky flavor to fresh salads, stir fry dishes, or serve as a substitute for chives or scallion leaves in recipes. These greens have a flavor similar to garlic scapes, those tall flower stalks that sprout from hardneck garlic plants when growing in the garden.

To start, you'll the need a few supplies:

  • Container of potting soil
  • Saucer to catch excess water
  • Garlic cloves of any size (a great way to repurpose old cloves)


  1. Fill the container with potting soil; add water to moisten the soil.
  2. Separate the garlic into individual cloves; leave skin on
  3. Push each clove into the potting soil, about two-thirds of the way in, pointed end up
  4. Arrange the cloves in any way you'd like: in a circle around the edge of a round container, in rows, or create your own planting design.
  5. Water in; place the container in a sunny window.
  6. Keep soil moist.

If you plant and grow along with me, you'll start to see your garlic cloves sprout in about a week or so. For added fun, please post updates and pictures of your garlic-growing progress!

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Comments (22)

Teresarusso writes: Lovely
Posted: 12:07 pm on October 24th
haroldchipnosky writes: Good process.
Posted: 4:27 am on October 12th
ZacharyHarden writes: Flowers pot looking nice
Posted: 1:32 pm on August 10th
Andylee2 writes: soo charming.
Posted: 12:53 pm on August 1st
RobertCormick writes: Really great tips
Posted: 1:03 pm on July 10th
jacobjohn11 writes: i like this very much.
Posted: 12:19 pm on July 7th
FelisaRussell writes: Appreciate your work.
Posted: 12:07 pm on July 5th
davidrayan writes: Superb
Posted: 1:19 pm on June 23rd
DorisNorris writes: best one
Posted: 4:36 am on June 13th
Jamesjacob writes: amazing
Posted: 12:44 pm on May 26th
charlosmarcos writes: what a great idea
Posted: 11:22 am on May 18th
Ashtonjames writes: i will definitely try this
Posted: 10:28 am on May 12th
stewardMblake writes: I only grow decorative plants inside, don't know why I don't like to risk with actual veggies.
Posted: 4:42 am on March 10th
ChristoperCoper writes: Thumbs up very nice,
Posted: 3:38 am on February 18th
OrlandoWilliam writes: OOSSMM ...Keep it share
Posted: 12:24 am on February 13th
andrew_bentley160 writes: So, it takes the garlic cloves a week to start sprouting? That's great.
Posted: 7:43 am on February 1st
JamelFlower writes: Great one tips
Posted: 12:57 am on January 26th
CorinneHine writes: Really great tips
Posted: 12:31 am on January 26th
juliahaley writes: Good tips thanks for sharing...
Posted: 1:49 am on November 25th
jamesbeale writes: Really informative..............
Thank u for sharing
Posted: 1:56 pm on November 9th
JamesTBrown writes: Really very helpful information...Thanks for sharing..
Posted: 12:11 am on November 4th
kristicasanova writes: wow very nice for garlic lover.. garlic is a great vegetable which change the taste of our food... thanks for the interesting tips
Posted: 11:20 pm on November 3rd
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