Crafts for Kids My three-year-old and I planted a ton of green garlic, and you can too! Here's how to plant, harvest, and eat green garlic this spring.

Published on April 12th, 2016 | by Becky Striepe

0

Why Growing Green Garlic is Perfect for Tiny Gardeners

My three-year-old and I planted a ton of green garlic, and you can too! Here’s how to grow green garlic and get your littles involved!

My three-year-old and I planted a ton of green garlic, and you can too! Here's how to grow green garlic and get your littles involved!

How to Grow Green Garlic at Home!

Green garlic is just young garlic, and it’s kind of a springtime delicacy. Farmers markets and CSAs sell green garlic in the spring, and it’s easy as pie to grow your own. It’s delicious on salads, in pickles, in stir fries, in soups, and on top of Buddha bowls. Mary at Eat Drink Better has some great green garlic cooking tips that are worth checking out, if you’re new to the wonders of green garlic.

Garlic is actually more of a fall planting, but you can grow it in the spring, especially if you’re planning to harvest it green. And it’s a really good crop for budding gardeners! This is how my son and I are growing green garlic. He’s so into it you, guys. He asks to plant garlic all the time, and we have it growing in beds and pots all over our garden right now.

How to Grow Green Garlic

You will need:

+ a head of garlic

+ somewhere to plant it – the ground, a raised bed, or pots full of good potting soil work great.

Directions:

1. Go to the grocery store, and buy yourself a couple of heads of organic garlic. We have probably planted three heads at this point, and we’ve filled a raised bed, several pots, and added garlic to our vegetable and herb beds. I told you, he’s enthusiastic about it!

2. Prepare your planting area. You want good potting soil and plenty of sun. If you’re planting in the ground, amend with some nitrogen-rich organic fertilizer. I prepped the beds and pots before getting my kid involved, but kids can definitely help with this, if you like!

3. Show your kid how to remove the papery skin from the outside of the garlic clove. Leaving some skin on is fine – you just need to remove enough so he can pop off the cloves.

My three-year-old and I planted a ton of green garlic, and you can too! Here's how to plant, harvest, and eat green garlic this spring.

My little gardener! He asks to plant more garlic all the time, and I am happy to oblige.

4. Show him how to pop a clove off of the head, and plant it, pointy-side-up, just under the surface of the soil. I only had to model this one time, then I kicked back with a cup of coffee and watched him plant two heads of garlic all by himself.

5. Check those beds with your kid regularly, and water every 2-3 days. You’ll see little sprouts within a few days, and they shoot up fast from there! Darrol loves checking on the garlic every single day to see what’s popping up.

My three-year-old and I planted a ton of green garlic, and you can too! Here's how to plant, harvest, and eat green garlic this spring.

This was our first green garlic sprout of the spring!

6. When you see the sprouts, you may want to move things around a bit. Darrol really planted his cloves in clusters, so when he was out with his daddy one afternoon, I dug up the ones that were too close together and spaced themout a bit. Green garlic only need about 2″ of spacing, but that bit of room is important. I didn’t do this in front of him, because I didn’t want to encourage him to dig up the cloves. A three-year-old doesn’t get why you can do a thing but he can’t.

My three-year-old and I planted a ton of green garlic, and you can too! Here's how to plant, harvest, and eat green garlic this spring.

This green garlic is about two months old. We could harvest now, but I’m going to try to wait a few more weeks, so it can mature a bit more.

7. Somewhere in the two to four month area, you’ll be ready to harvest! Green garlic that’s ready basically looks like green onions that are ready. Harvesting on the early side is fine – you’ll just have smaller white parts.

Keep up with the latest in the world of green crafts by signing up for our free newsletter. CLICK HERE to sign up!


About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



Leave a Reply

Back to Top ↑
  • Let’s Connect!

  • Popular Posts + Pages


    The Crafting a Green World guide to choosing green art and craft supplies.

    Green Crafts for Kids

    DIY Ideas for Home

    Do you love toilet paper roll crafts as much as we do? Today we’re sharing 50 projects that you need to see!

    We’ve rounded up 25 incredible DIY crafts and activities that will make you rethink the average disk. Click through each link below and be inspired!


Shares