For Nine Months I Grow – Riddle

Difficulty: Medium

For nine months I grow and grow.
Then finally my head will show
When I’m pulled from the bed I’m in
And someone gently cleans my skin.
Strong and healthy is my mood.
Soon I’ll be into solid food.
Some like my smell, some say it’s rude,
To most, I’m positively viewed.
So who or what am I?


A gardener might care for this like it’s his baby.


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It’s garlic. Garlic has a nine-month growing season. The bulb, or head, is lifted from the garden bed. The outer skin is cleaned, and after just a few days drying out, the garlic is ready to be used with other foods. People’s reactions to garlic range from love to hate, but because of its many health benefits, it mostly has a positive approval rating.