Growing organic garlic & potato in containers
Hi, I\'m a new gardener in zone 7b. I have garlic in dry clove and in water. Please explain how to transplant both from water. Pot size and depth for planting garlic. Spacing, soil composition, food and/or amendments. Indoors or out and how much sun per day. I have sun in my home maximum of 6 hours this my reduce late fall and winter. How do I take potato from water to a grow bag for indoors. How should I prepare the grow bag, soil composition, food and/or amendments. I have organic potting soil, organic plant food and starter, cottonseed, bone and blood meal. Thank you for your assistance. Regards, Rita
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You don't need much more than that! I would add dolomitic lime to that list. I NEVER do a container plant without it. the garlic will, at least, need a 1 gallon container. The potato will need at least 5 gallons, but preferably 10. I would also split the potato into 2 or 3 segments with, both, roots and shoots. You will, then, have more potato plants.
Now, the difficult part. Both of these plants require a crazy amount of bright light to be productive. If you want to do it indoors, then you will likely find the plants (especially the potato) stretching for more light. I would recommend, at least, 200 watts of horticultural lighting or more to keep these plants happy through the winter. At least until you can plant them outdoors.
the garlic will, actually, survive over the winter in your zone. It should be planted by the end of this month to get a harvest in spring. Otherwise, you can keep it in container.
I, myself, do quite a bit of indoor gardening and I will be glad to assist you with this at any time.