How to Plant Garlic in a Container

Posted on Nov 14 2011 - 2:08am by Mike Lieberman

The fall time is perfect to plant garlic to be ready during the spring. It’s also simple to do.

Each clove that you plant winds up turning into a clove of garlic. The larger the clove you plant, the larger the bulb it produces.

I saw a tip on soaking the cloves in Organic Gardening Magazine to help prevent rot from occurring.

Here is what you’ll need to soak the cloves:

  • Garlic cloves (amount depends on the size of your container)
  • Glass jar
  • Tablespoon of baking soda
  • Tablespoon of organic seaweed fertilizer

When removing the cloves from the bulb, you’ll want to leave the skin (or whatever it’s called) on each of the individual cloves. If the garlic is actually showing, it’s best not to use it. So be careful when removing the cloves.

Soak the cloves in the pre-soak solution for about 2 hours.

Since I’m planting in a 5-gallon container, I soaked about 8-10 cloves.

To plant the cloves:

  • Dig a hole about 2″ deep with your fingers.
  • Put the clove in pointy side-up and bury in the soil.
  • Space the cloves about 4-6″ apart.
  • Once they are all planted, water the container thoroughly.
  • Add mulch to the top or greenhouse it with a covering. I put a plastic bowl on top of it. This will keep the moisture locked in.