Are you on a budget? Would you like to plant some garlic, but you don’t want to spend much money to get started. Here are 4 ideas for starting out cheaply:
- Go to your pantry and grab a few cloves from a head of garlic you already have. Plant them.
Purchase some garlic at the store, in the produce department. If your local supermarket has some “gourmet items,” you might even get a named variety.
Visit your local farmers market and purchase a head or two of garlic. Again, you might find a named variety this way.
Ask around among your gardening friends. Someone is bound to have some garlic they’ve harvested, or even some scapes, which they might give you. (A scape is the miniature bulblet which forms on top of hardneck varieties of garlic. Every scape, though tiny, will grow into a small head of garlic during the next growing season.
If you’re not particular about variety, then it should be quite easy to get started. If you’re more of a gourmet, and looking for a certain type, with a certain flavor, then you may want to pay for a named variety. The good news is that it will multiply, and you probably won’t have to buy it again.
Note: “Scapes” are small and take an extra year to reach full size heads, but they are plentiful (a packet of scapes will plant a whole lot of garlic!
Sandhill Preservation Center mainly sells garlic scapes: Sandhill Preservation Center: Garlic .