You love to cook and you probably can’t do without the garlic that appears in many of your dishes. Why buy it at the store when you can grow garlic at home and just get the best tasting garlic.
Why grow garlic?
Garlic is versatile because it can be used in a variety of dishes. Not only can it add a delicious flavor to your favorite food (it’s so adaptable), but it can also be used for a variety of natural health remedies. You don’t have to decide how to use the planted garlic; trust me, it will come in handy someday.
1. Immune system
Garlic is a proven and real superfood to boost immunity. Research shows that people who take a garlic supplement every day can reduce their chances of catching a cold and illness by as much as 63%. In addition, garlic is useful in treating many infections such as stubborn staphylococci and streptococcal 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 a meal, it helps your body cope better with cholesterol. This reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Garlic is also great against high blood pressure. Daily consumption of garlic can reduce 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 they can reduce their risk of stomach cancer, colon cancer and liver cancer.
How to grow garlic at home
Fortunately, garlic is not difficult to grow at home at all. Whether you have room for just a few plants or you have an outdoor garden to house your annual supply, this beautiful plant will add well to your repertoire of green palaces.
Keep in mind that you only need to plant organic garlic cloves. Not only is this much better for your health, but inorganic garlic from the supermarket is often chemically treated to prevent it from sprouting well when planted. As mentioned above, here’s a step-by-step guide to growing 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. Apply 2-3 inches of organic matter to the soil. Make shallow furrows at a distance of 6 inches.
3. Separate a large clove of garlic. For planting, separate only the largest cloves, and for cooking or home remedy, use the smaller ones.
4. Plant the cloves 2 inches deep and 4 inches apart in the furrows. Make sure the pointed end of the clove is facing up.
5. Fill the holes with dirt, then water well. You can also add a few dead leaves or compost. Then you wait.
6. In the spring (or whenever your plants start to sprout) fertilize your garlic plants. Water them when the soil feels dry an inch below the surface (they won’t need much) and cut the flowers that are growing.
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 crops right away, or save them for later, but you must first clean them, hang them in a cool, dry place, and store them in a dark and well-ventilated place.