I have just managed to set my garlic before the snow arrived. Apparently it is easy to grow and without doubt is very good for your health. If you haven’t planted any yet then you should now wait until the spring.

When growing garlic the cloves are best sourced from a reputable seed supplier as the supermarket garlic may not be from your area and may well be unsuitable to grow in your climate. Split the bulb into cloves, plant each one pointed end up two centimetres deep fifteen cm apart in rows separated by 30 cm. Plant them where they will be able to take advantage of full sun, in a rich well drained soil or if you prefer in pots. Feed them with a liquid fertiliser and keep well watered and weed free.

In the summer when the tops change colour and the leaves die down, dig them up, dry them in the sun for a few days then hang them where they will be handy for you to use as and when you desire.

Garlic originates from central Asia, and is possibly one of the oldest plants that we humans have eaten for thousands of years—not just for the culinary delights it presents us with, but also for it’s medicinal qualities.

The Egyptians used it as a medicine to help keep the slaves building the pyramid Cheops healthy and strong, and Roman soldiers were given cloves of garlic on a daily basis to help them maintain their strength.

If you consume a garlic clove daily, you will be free of intestinal parasites such as worms. It will also help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, the sulphides found in garlic decrease the tendency for blood clots to form.

The juice from crushed garlic acts as an insect repellent and will neutralise the poisons of stings and bites.

Garlic crushed and steeped in water sprayed onto your vegetables is a very good natural insect repellent and has also been known to deter larger pests such as rabbits, squirrels and deer helping themselves to the fruits of your labours.

Worried that the smell of garlic will cause your friends to avoid you? Fresh parsley is useful in neutralising the smell.

Healthy Answers have a garlic tablet that is enteric coated and will pass through the acidic environment of your stomach to dissolve in the intestines, thus eliminating the risk of “garlic breath”. Supplements.htm


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