Garlic is popular, and easy to grow, they are used in many delicious dishes and recipes. It has long been recognized all over the world as a valuable spice for foods and a popular remedy for various ailments and physiological disorders. In this article we will share how to best grow garlic and their amazing health benefits.
Varieties Of Garlic
Garlic is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. garlic is the second most widely used cultivated Allium after onion. Not to mention, there are over 70 garlic varieties grown over the world. Varieties for example ‘Chesnok White’, ‘Iberian Wight’, and ‘Bianco Veneto’ are some recommended varieties to grow.
You can plant garlic purchased from catalogs, garden centers. garlic bought from a supermarket may not work as some may be treated with a growth inhibitor
How To Grow Garlic
Garlic can be planted in spring or autumn. If you plant in spring, garlic can be harvested late summer to early autumn. If planted in autumn, garlic can be harvested the summer after planting. Plant garlic in spring 4-6 weeks before the last frost date, and garlic in autumn 6-8 weeks before the first frost.
Plant your garlic in a sunny site with loose, fertile, and well-drained soil. Garlic prefers a neutral/slight acidic soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0. Garlic requires cool temperatures of 0-10°C during the first two months. Harvest will be ready about 120-150 days after planting.
once your soil is ready with well-rotted manure or compost, plant the cloves 1-2 inches deep and 6-8 inches apart. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results, you can add some bonemeal, fish meal, or a 5-10-10 fertiliser at the bottom of the container/ bed/ hole your growing in.
Keep the soil moist after planting. If the roots freeze in winter, they will resume growth in spring. Reduce the amount of water as bulbs near maturity. Allow the soil to go dry 3-4 weeks before harvest, this will improve the flavour of garlic(optional).
Nutrients And Health Benefits
Not only does garlic add a delicious kick to many of our meals, but they are also rich in nutrients. Vitamins- B-6, B-1, and C. Minerals- manganese, calcium, stopped, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. They also contain some amounts of various other nutrients, containing a little of almost everything you need.
Garlic can combat sickness, including the common cold, people take garlic supplements to boost the function of their immune system. In addition, garlic can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, lower risk of heart disease, improve athletic performance. Also, garlic helps to detoxify heavy metals in the body and improves bone health.
How To Add To Your Diet
Garlic is extremely easy to add to your diet, and in some cases might liven up the flavour of your dish. Here are some amazing meals with garlic: chicken& garlic with fresh herb, garlic lemon shrimp, garlic bread, onion& garlic biscuits, garlic grilled steak, salads, dips, etc.