Garlic Growing Experiment

By: Zy Marquiez
January 5, 2016

A few months back, wound up doing some research on some gardening and wound up running into information about Garlic.   It seemed easy enough, so figured let’s give it a try. Let’s see what we came up with?

Starting off, the idea came from watching one of ‘The Rustic Garden’s videos. The gentlemen in the video named Gary explained the process of growing garlic, and that’s what was used as a template for this experiment.

These garlic cloves were planted eight week ago or so. We are in growing zone 7B. Garlic falls under the fall growing season for the most part.


The pot that the garlic cloves were planted in were 12 inch high, and 16 inches in diameter.

The garlic bulbs should mature between March and Mid June.

These particular garlic bulbs were sourced from Sprouts and are of the organic variety.

First in the process, you want to take the paper off the outside of the garlic bulb . Then, you will proceed to break the bulb apart into individual cloves. The largest & best looking cloves are the ones you want to plant. The pointed side is where the green is going to come out, and the opposite side is the one that will be done as the root side. Make sure to use potting mix for growing Garlic.

After that, the cloves should be buried 2-3 inches deep, and anywhere between 3-6 inches apart. And as mentioned before, these were planted in a pot.

Garlic will want to be kept in until the soil temperature is around 45-50 degrees.

The garlic greens can be chopped up for salads and also they can be used for stirfry.


Other than that, these photos were taken at the 5-week part. As you can see, of the 14 garlic cloves planted, nine have sprouted.  [In fact, they have ALL now sprouted, which will be addressed in a future update.]

Have you ever attempted planting garlic? If you have let me know how the experience was for you.

Definitely look forward to see how these little guys grow. Time will tell.



Continuing Sweet Potato Slips

“To plant a garden, is to believe in tomorrow.”
– Aubrey Hepburn

By: Zy Marquiez
December 8, 2015

In our previous blog regarding this topic, we showed what we were up to with a little experiment regarding sweet potato slips possibly for next year.

With that said, we’re now six weeks from the nascent stages of the experiment.  The bad news is, that one of the two original momma sweet potatoes went on strike for low wages.  The great news is that the one that didn’t, proliferated like it was a harem of rabbits.

Three days after our previous post, two more slips were moved into mason jars.  Those weren’t documented via photography though.  However, in this latest batch we have a few photos to share the progression of the sweet potatoes.

The photos will show the original sweet potato from whom the slips are being born from.  There in we have the four original slips from the first batch, and the second two slips that weren’t cataloged.  Finally, we have the new batch of five slips to add to the bunch for a total of eleven.

Above we have the original sweet potato [second from right], with the first and second batch of slips.

SP2To the right we now have the original ‘momma’ sweet potato in all her infinite glory.

Below you have the root system of all of the sweet potato slips that have been moved from the first and the second batches.

All in all, considering that they have gotten no sunlight whatsoever, and luckily it has required minimal attention, the slips and the mother seem to be doing great.  We’ll see how many more slips the future holds.


The last picture shows shows the five new plants with the mother on the left.  Hopefully the experiment continues to go well.


Below follow the videos that prompted the idea for this experiment, and hopefully we can continue to learn/progress as time goes by.

If you happen to have any insights to have, it is always greatly appreciated.

Harvesting Sweet Potatoes / Starting Sweet Potato Slips

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
– Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

By: Zy Marquiez
November 24, 2015

Starting on October 23, 2015 we opted to follow the tips of the first video provided below, and the following illustration is how the Sweet Potato slips looked after about a month.

We figured we would run this experiment now, before next year’s growing season to see what was possible with Organic Sweet Potatoes sourced from the store.  As you can see, the one on the right has produced many stalks while the one on the right has underperformed, although this is our FIRST experiment.


The second picture below are the stalks as they are going to be kept to see how they grow over the next 30-60 days in order to better ascertain what to expect this year.   It’s just an experiment, but we’ll see where this goes.