You love to cook, but you probably can’t do anything without the garlic that is part of your dishes. How to grow it at home, without the need to buy it and get only the best tasting garlic.
Why Grow Garlic?
The thing about garlic is that it is good in so many different ways. Not only does it give a mouth-watering flavor to favorite dishes (so versatile), but it’s also useful for a wide range of natural health remedies. You don’t have to decide what you’ll be using your homegrown garlic for; trust me, it will always come in handy.
1. Immune System
Garlic is a proven and true superfood to boost immunity. Research shows that people who take a daily supplement of garlic can reduce the likelihood of catching colds and illnesses by as much as 63%. In addition, garlic is useful in treating stubborn Staph and strep infections. Many people also make their own garlic oil to speed up the healing of ear infections.
2. Cardiovascular Health
When you eat garlic with other foods, it helps your body cope better with cholesterol and prevents it from being stored up. This will significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Garlic is also great for people suffering from high blood pressure. Eating garlic a day can lower hypertension by up to 8%.
3. Cancer Prevention
Researchers have found that the more garlic a person eats as part of their diet, the more it can reduce the risk of stomach cancer, colorectal cancer, and liver cancer.
How To Grow Garlic At Home
Fortunately, garlic is not at all difficult to garden at home. Whether you have space for just a few plants or have an outdoor garden that will accommodate your yearly supply, you will well add this wonderful plant to your green thumb repertoire.
Note, you only need to plant organic garlic cloves. Not only is this much better for your health, but non-organic garlic from the supermarket is often chemically treated to prevent it from sprouting well when planted. As noted above, here is a step by step guide to gardening your own garlic at home!
1. Plant garlic before the ground freezes, usually sometime in October in the northern hemisphere.
2. Use the right soil: loose and fertile. Top your soil 2-3 inches of organic matter. Make shallow furrows 6 inches apart.
3. Separate the large head of garlic. Set aside only the biggest cloves for planting, and use the smaller ones for cooking or home remedy.
4. Plant cloves 2 inches deep, and 4 inches apart in the furrows. Make sure the pointier end of the clove is facing up.
5. Fill the holes with dirt and then water well. You can also add a few dead leaves or compost as well. Then you wait.
6. In the spring (or whenever your plants start popping up) fertilize your garlic plants. Water them when the soil feels dry an inch below the surface (they won’t need much) and clip off the flowers that grow.
7. Keep track of how many leaves each plant has. When they reach 5 or 6 green leaves, it’s time to pull them up.
You can eat your harvests right away, or if you choose to store them for later, clean them, hang them in a cool, dry place and store them in a dark and well-ventilated place.