Adding garlic to cooking always gives such a great aroma to the whole kitchen, and makes our mouths water like crazy.
The best and most tasteful garlic to use is the one grown in your own home.
Why Grow Garlic?
This vegetable is good in numerous ways. Besides giving delicious aroma and taste to your favorite dishes, it is as well highly beneficial for our overall health. So you don’t have to decide why to grow your own garlic, as it will always come in handy.
This superfood is a proven immune booster. According to research, if you consume garlic supplements on a daily basis, you will reduce the risk of catching colds and flu by an incredible 63 percent. Moreover, garlic is excellent in the treatment of Staph infections (1). Some even prepare their own garlic oil to hasten the recovery process of their ear infection.
Combining foods with garlic prevents build-ups of cholesterol, and helps your body handle it better (2). This will drastically reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease. Garlic is excellent for people with high blood pressure. Consuming garlic on a daily basis can reduce blood pressure by up to 8 percent.
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How to Grow Garlic
Luckily, growing garlic is not difficult at all. You may have a whole outdoor garden or just a small space for several plants, adding this incredible plant to your green thumb repertoire is one of the best things you can do for your health.
Make sure you use only organic cloves, as opposed to the non-organic ones from the supermarkets. These store-bought garlic cloves are usually treated with chemicals to prevent sprouting well when planted. Therefore, we present you with a step-by-step guide for growing garlic in your own home.
1. If you are gardening outdoors, plant your garlic sometime in October, before the ground freezes.
2. Use loose and fertile soil, and add 2 to 3 inches of organic matter on top of it. The shallow furrows should be six inches apart.
3. Use only big cloves for planting, while the smaller ones can be used as a natural remedy or for your cooking.
4. With the pointier end of the garlic cloves facing upwards, plant them 4 inches apart and 2 inches deep in the furrows.
5. After filling the holes with dirt, make sure you water them well. Add compost or dead leaves if you like.
6. Fertilize your plants the moment they begin popping up, which will probably be sometime in spring. When you notice the soil looks dry, water the garlic plants an inch below the surface. If you notice any flowers growing, cut them off.
7. Count the leaves of each growing plant. Once you count 5-6 green leaves on each of them, pull them up.
You can enjoy your homegrown garlic immediately, or you can store it for later use, by first cleaning and hanging it in a cool dry room. After this, keep it in a dark and well-ventilated place.