Garlic from Kitchen Scraps

Apr 21, 2023
Established Rural NSW
Cold, Cool, Mountains, or Artic

I've cracked the code in re-growing onions, leeks, and eshallots from scraps - and I wanted to see "can I do the same with garlic cloves?"

Long story short: so far, yes

Here's how I started:
Much garlic from last planting and from the store.
I microplaned each clove - very small ones set aside for whole drying.
I left stumps of clove instead of microplaning them into oblivion.

The stumps were allowed to sit on a plate for up to 48 hours, to allow them to mourn the loss of the rest of their tasty garlicky clove goodness

Food safe container, with corresponding lid. Cheap toot paper. Sticky labels. Fine point sharpie.
Make a generous thickness of loo paper at the bottom. Wet with tap water - fully soaked in and no surface water.
Label the container (not only the lid) with approriate info.
Bunch the paper up to make little 'cups' in the base.
Place garlic clove stumps onto the paper - mindful of stump orientation.
Place single layer of the cheap bog roll paper over the stumps. Gentle spritz of tap water.
Secure lid. Leave on shelf.

WHEN root development is deemed sufficient and the green sprout has demonstrated a will to live - transfer into an appropriate growth medium.

I've split my lot into planter boxes and earth beds.

The ones in the planter boxes seem really happy. They were put into fresh potting mix.
I'll keep you informed of the earth bed experimental group, who were only transplanted 54 hours ago.

So, whaddaya all think?

I'm going to see if I can put the stumps into directly soil, instead of pre-gestation in the food containers. Will they do better with a fresh wound direct sow or a dried for a little bit


Apr 22, 2023
Temperate (all seasons)
Very interesting. I applaud your methodical approach. I am less kind to my spring onion stumps and I just use their green tops then plant the stump with its roots back into my keyhole garden outside. So far (2 weeks) they look ok but no new growth as yet.

Mandy Onderwater

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Jun 17, 2021
Mackay area, QLD Australia
Sounds pretty good!
I'm less methodical as well, usually just putting them in some dirt, water them in and off they go. I've successfully regrown many things that way, most of all spring onions.
I've had good root growth on other things too, like onions and garlic, but sadly they caught a disease and rotted away after a couple months during a bad spell. Everything I had growing took a hit that week, sadly.

Keep us updated on how they grow :D
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