The handmade gift giving continues with this week’s bulb growing kit. This is a fun and easy kit to put together and it is easy for the recipient to grow. It is also nice to select unique varieties of garlic for your kits so that the recipient gets to try a new flavor of garlic (and who wouldn’t like that???).
Supplies needed for four kits:
- 4 – 6″ clay pots
- 1/4 yard of burlap or linen fabric
- 8 garlic cloves (not bulbs, the cloves inside)*
- 14 cups of potting soil
- 4 – quart size plastic bags
- 4 – 7″ pieces of naturally colored twine or string
- festive ribbon
- hole punch
- card stock for planting instructions
- hot glue gun and glue OR needle and colorful embroidery floss
*You can use the garlic bulbs that are found in your local grocery store; however, they are sometimes sprayed with pesticides and chemicals that prevent the cloves from sprouting. Many different varieties of garlic cloves can be purchased online from garden suppliers.
Making the Kit Bags – Method 1 (hot glue method):
To make bags for presenting the kit in, start by cutting the burlap or linen fabric into four equal parts. Take one section and fold it in half width-wise with the wrong sides out. Apply hot glue to each side leaving a 1.5″ area at the top of the bag, unglued. Allow the glue to dry and turn the newly formed bag right side out.
Making the Kit Bags – Method 2 (sewing method):
To make bags for presenting the kit in, start by cutting the burlap or linen fabric into four equal parts. Take one section and fold it in half width-wise with the right sides out. Use the embroidery floss to sew the sides together, leaving a 1.5″ area at the top of the bag, un-sewn.
Make Growing Instruction Cards:
Print or handwrite the following growing instructions on the cards for the kit.
Pour the soil into the pot and set the cloves 2-3 inches deep in the soil with the pointed end of the clove facing upward and the wider root side down. Water thoroughly and place the pot in full sun. Allow soil to slightly dry out between waterings.
Look for the top leaves to turn brownish yellow, then stop watering the garlic for 7-9 days and allow the soil to dry out. Gently remove the newly formed garlic bulbs from their pot and store in a cool, dry place for two weeks. Cut the stalks off and trim the roots and use within 6 months.
Assemble the Kits:
Fill each one of the quart-size bags with 3-3.5 cups of potting soil and seal them. Put one bag of soil and two garlic cloves into each of the kit bags you made. Punch a hole in the corner of the growing instruction card and thread it onto the twine or string. Tie the fabric bag closed with the twine or string and place the bag in the pot. Tie a pretty bow around the pot using the festive ribbon you have and that’s it!
Now you’re all set for unique, homemade gift giving this year!
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image via: Gardener’s Supply Company