Growing garlic on a windowsill

Here’s a simple guide:

Materials Needed:

  • Garlic bulbs with sprouts (green shoots)
  • Small pots or containers with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Sunny windowsill


  1. Choose Garlic Bulbs:
  • Select garlic bulbs with sprouts (green shoots). These are often available at grocery stores or farmer’s markets.
  1. Prepare Pots:
  • Use small pots or containers with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Fill them with well-draining potting soil.
  1. Plant Garlic Bulbs:
  • Plant each garlic bulb with the sprouts facing upward. Plant them about 1-2 inches deep in the soil.
  1. Watering:
  • Water the pots thoroughly after planting, ensuring the soil is evenly moist but not waterlogged.
  1. Place on Windowsill:
  • Place the pots on a sunny windowsill where the garlic will receive at least 6-8 hours of sunlight per day.
  1. Watering Routine:
  • Keep the soil consistently moist. Water when the top inch of soil feels dry. Be cautious not to overwater.
  1. Fertilize (Optional):
  • If you want to encourage faster growth, you can feed the garlic with a diluted, balanced liquid fertilizer every few weeks.
  1. Harvesting Greens:
  • As the garlic greens grow, you can harvest them by snipping the tops with scissors. This won’t harm the bulb’s growth.
  1. Transplant (Optional):
  • If you want to continue growing the garlic to full bulbs, you can transplant them outdoors once the weather is suitable.
  1. Patience:
    • Growing garlic on a windowsill may not produce full bulbs, but you can enjoy fresh garlic greens, which have a milder flavor.

Remember that growing full garlic bulbs typically requires outdoor planting, but cultivating garlic greens on a windowsill is a simple and rewarding way to have fresh, homegrown garlic flavor.

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