Remember back when I posted about dismantling a pallet so I could use the wood for a project? And remember when I mentioned that I’d be sharing both successes and failures in my attempts at becoming more sustainable? Well it’s time for a fail update.
This was my plan: turn the wood from a recycled pallet into a stacking tower for garlic. My tower would have the ingenious addition of planned gaps in the side, so that garlic plants would sprout and grow out the sides of the container. This would allow me to grow about 40 garlic plants in a single square foot. Brilliant, right? My own little version of vertical gardening. Here’s how it came together:
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I planted garlic like this on every level. See how I cleverly pointed the little cloves in the right direction, as if to say, “That way! That way to the sun!”
Mind you, the garlic did grow. And some of it even sprouted in the gaps as I’d intended.
But my general opinion of this project is not much. I didn’t get nearly as many plants growing in this small space as I’d hoped, but but the bigger problem is that this planter just doesn’t retain moisture. The garlic plants constantly look wilted, even though I’m watering daily. It doesn’t make good use of my resources to have to water this so frequently.
I’m trying to decide if I should just give it up or continue using lots of water to keep them growing. Alternately, maybe I’ll try to transplant the plants directly into the ground. Have any of you had luck with transplanting garlic?