This week was a huge success!
I managed not to completely kill the garlic that I was trying to regrow and I came up with some really good ideas to grow Bold & Free. Let’s just say, I am ecstatic and couldn’t be happier with the way this last week has treated me. I have been focusing on a ton of personal development to better understand what I am trying to do with this blog and why it means so much to me. Great things are coming, my people! I also had a really great week growing garlic sprouts compared to last week’s epic fail with the carrots!
Garlic is known as a food that makes your breath smell bad. Yes, I know it can have that affect but did you know that garlic also boosts the immune system? So, get out that garlic when you are starting to feel a cold coming on! I love garlic so much and eat it whenever I can but I always usually buy too much. Garlic comes in a bulb that normally contains 10-20 cloves. Most recipes do not require too many garlic cloves because they already have such a robust taste. I usually put the leftover garlic cloves in my cupboard and completely forget about them.
Garlic is a beautiful vegetable because it can grow sprouts right out of the top of it and those sprouts are edible! They are more of a garnish and the garlic taste is still there but not as strong. For some of you, this is a dream come true as garlic can be way too strong! Jill from Simply Daily Recipes gives awesome instructions about how to grow garlic sprouts.
Growing garlic sprouts is fairly simple. All you will really need is a shallow glass cup or jar with water. I had 5 garlic cloves leftover from a recipe I made so I decided to put Jill’s instructions to the test. The directions are so easy and all you need to do is place the garlic cloves up right in your glass and fill water to cover the bottom half of the cloves. My garlic cloves kept sliding around so I actually put a shot glass in the middle of my glass cup to keep them from sliding everywhere.
The water can get cloudy fast so I kept a keen eye on the garlic cloves. You’ll want to change the water almost every two days and do not overfill because the cloves will rot if there is too much water in the cup. I lost two cloves during the three weeks I grew the sprouts. You’ll see sprouts after 1 – 2 weeks. At first, I didn’t know if I did something wrong because nothing was sprouting. It wasn’t until well into the second week that I saw growth.
Of course, I had to take a picture of the progress. I had one clove sprouting! Woo hoo. But, I put in a little too much water in the glass during that week so I had two garlic cloves die on me. Once I pulled the dead cloves out of the glass, the other two cloves that didn’t have any growth prior shot up quickly.
This picture is after three weeks of growth. Look at how beautiful these sprouts grew! I’m not going to lie, it did start to smell like garlic in my house because I haven’t been changing the water as frequently but also the garlic sprouts have a scent to them. I’d have to say this week was a success! I only managed to kill two garlic cloves instead of all of them!
If you want, you can plant the garlic to have an endless supply of sprouts. I think my garlic cloves are about ready to go to their forever home because they are starting to smell so I would say three weeks is the limit. If anyone has any advice on how to keep these growing for a longer period of time, let me know!
The final vegetable that I am regrowing is celery. Check back in next week for a look into regrowing celery. I hope you all have a fabulous week!
Be bold to live free, xo Aimée
“Vegetables, which are the lowest in the scale of living things, are fed by roots, which, implanted in the native soil, select by the action of a peculiar mechanism, different subjects, which serve to increase and to nourish them.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin