Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Health Benefits of Garlic

                One of the most common ingredients in cooking is garlic. Awarded as the "Wonder Drug Among All Herbs", garlic is used to reduce high blood pressure and other heart related problems such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries.) It could prevent many types of cancer including colon cancer, rectal cancer, and stomach cancer. Garlic also builds the immune system preventing and treating bacterial and fungal infections. 

                Garlic is an herb and is very easy to grow. It is perfect for kitchen garden and you can raise your own supply the whole year round. But in areas with 4 seasons, garlic is best grown in the fall.
Here are the easy steps:
                1. Pick a variety that you want to grow. I suggest you choose the native small ones because they're more aromatic and flavorful than those big varieties.
                2. Plant garlic cloves 8 inches apart, about 3 inches deep in a loose, very fertile soil. Water only if the soil gets dry. You will begin to see the shoots sprouting within a couple of weeks.
                3. When several of the lower leaves start to turn brown then that's the time to harvest. Gently pull out the whole plant to see the bulb. Store the garlic heads in a cool, dry place.

Contributed by the best gardener: Arcon Agbuya

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