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The greatness of garlic


The greatness of garlic

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Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow and is has many powerful health benefits too.

Plant in the fall. On the coast garlic can be planted anytime from the end of September until the end of November. Garlic is one of the few garden crops that can be successfully grown in freshly broken ground.

Garlic loves mulch. Add a nice layer of leaves or straw on top of your garlic bed over the winter. It will help insulate the budding cloves and prevent the winter rains and snows from compacting the soil too much.

Easy on the water. With a layer of mulch added in winter and our long wet coastal Springs, chances are you won’t need to water your crop at all. Make sure to stop watering as soon as the leaves begin to yellow in July and let the ground dry before harvest as this will prevent rot.

Prevention is the best medicine. With its potent antifungal, anti-microbial, anti-parasitic, and anti-viral actions, garlic can keep many illnesses at bay.

So delicious and good for your tummy too. Garlic stimulates your metabolism and can help with digestion. It can help expel intestinal parasites as well.

A powerful antioxidant. The compound allicin, which gives garlic its aroma and flavour, acts as one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants.

 Little Saanich Mountain garlic.

Little Saanich Mountain garlic.

A food for your heart. Garlic helps to lower levels of cholesterol, can help prevent and reverse hardening of the arteries, and lower your blood pressure.

Raw is best. Although garlic still retains many of its active compounds when it is cooked, you get the most benefit from eating garlic raw. Try reserving half of the garlic called for in a recipe and adding it in at the end.