Garlic: The Stinking Rose

 


Article by: Gwen Stewart

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for centuries for both cooking and medicinal purposes. Known as the 'stinking rose' and Russian penicillin, its medicinal purposes have been documented for centuries and have always been a popular remedy for colds, , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping coughs, and sore throats. Garlic was used in World War I and World War II to cure many diseases , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? and because it is a potent antiseptic. Garlic is universally known for its health benefits. It is an excellent source of phytochemicals and contains vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), C, iron, phosphorous, sulphur compounds, and calcium. Medical studies have shown that it lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol and hypertension, prevents some cancerous tumours, protects against bacterial and fungal infections, and is good for the blood and heart. It is useful as an expectorant in respiratory ailments, eliminates toxic metals, , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space and supports the immune system. Garlic may prove to be useful for diabetics, as it seems to regulate blood sugar levels.

As a culinary spice, the Indians, Egyptians, and Europeans have appreciated garlic for thousands of years, and most notably the Italians and Chinese who have made extensive use of this much-loved plant. , Floral Arrangements There are records of garlic use dating back 3,000 years and botanists believe that garlic probably originated in central Asia thousands of years ago. In North America, early colonists discovered that the First Nations people were using a native species of garlic to treat a variety of medical problems including snakebite and intestinal worms.

Garlic is a moderately hardy herbaceous (herbaceous means a plant , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area that lacks woody tissue and dies to the ground at the end of the growing , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick season) perennial. , Gardening - The Mulberry It grows , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed from 2-3 feet (0.6-1m) tall and has flat, , A Few of My Favorite Backyard Birding Tips long, pointed green , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area leaves extending from the base. The young leaves grow , This Is How You Sprouts 2 feet (0.6 m) tall and have a delicate chive-like flavour. Garlic has erect, hollow, green , Gardening for Wildlife stalks that support pink , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status or whitish flowering , Riding Lawn Mowers Parts clusters or bulbils that appear in mid-summer. The leaves are organised into segments called cloves and may have anywhere from 4-15 cloves in a bulb. , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? Garlic does best in rich, well-drained, highly organic , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed soils, prefers full sun, , Yellow Headed Spruce Sawfly although it will grow , This Is How You Sprouts in partial shade. Avoid over-watering or the bulbs , Transplanting Tips will rot. Garlic has white , Planting for Wildlife energy for chromotherapy purposes.

Garlic is available throughout the year but it is easy to grow , ing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit your own. To plant, , Palm Tree Lamps separate cloves from the head and plant , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick cloves with the pointed end up. Garlic can be planted in early spring , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden or late fall. , Understanding Soil Nutrients It is best to plant , Benefits of Mulch cloves or bulbils available from nurseries or garden , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy catalogues as store bought garlic is often sprayed with a sprout and root , Gardening for Wildlife inhibitor that confuses its natural , Low Maintenance Teak Furniture growth cycle. Fall , Grass Clippings plantings produce the best yields, as garlic needs a long growing , Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit period and a cool period below 10° C (50° F) for two months. If over-wintering in zones 3 or 4, plant , Dog Damage to Lawns cloves at least 3 inches (8 cm) deep and mulch with leaves or straw; otherwise plant , Growing Tea Herbs for Fun or Profit bulbs 2 inches (5 cm) deep and 6 inches (15 cm) apart. (In the winter, , Perfume Your Garden and Home with Gardenias I plant , 'Sir Cedric Morris' Hardy Geranium store-bought garlic in pots , Planting for Wildlife and snip the leaves to impart a fresh garlic flavour to salads , Soil is the Foundation of Every Garden and soups.) Garlic is generally pest , Outdoor Furniture Cushion Replacement- Redesign Your Outdoor Space and disease , Floral Arrangements free.

Harvest garlic when the leaves die back and begin to turn brown and collapse. Pull up the mature plants , Our History with Blueberries - Reviving Their Home-Grown and Local Farm Status and dry in the sun , Organic Gardening for a week; then trim or braid the stalks and hang the garlic braids in the shade to dry further. To store, keep in a dry, dark place , This Is How You Grow Sprouts with good air , Organic Gardening circulation. Garlic will keep for up to 6 months if stored in temperatures , Dog Damage to Lawns no higher than 0° C (32° F). Leaves, bulbs, , 'Brite Eyes' Climbing Rose and bulbils may all be eaten.

In the garden, , Do Statues Have a Place in a Modern Garden? garlic helps protect plants , Would You Like More Information About Climbing Roses? from fungus and pests. , How To Find Cheap Flower Delivery In Your Area Scientists at New Castle University have shown that a barrier of garlic oil is an effective slug and snail repellent. Planted near roses, , Setting Up A Goldfish Pond it aids in fighting black spot. Garlic spray is used to discourage many insects and combats various blights found on vegetables , 'Sir Cedric Morris' Hardy Geranium and flowers. , Using Bulbs in Your Landscaping To make garlic spray, mince garlic and add water. , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden Some people add a few drops of vegetable , Mosquito Farms? Is That What Water Gardens Are? oil to the spray to make it cling to flowers , Plant A Simple Tea Garden and foliage. Garlic spray is a non-toxic alternative to using harmful chemicals in the garden. , A Few of My Favorite Backyard Birding Tips

In the kitchen, , Azalea 'My Mary' garlic can be used fresh, dried, or powdered. Fresh is best. To peel, place , Bonsai Trees - Our Own Little Forest the garlic cloves on the work surface and whack with the flat , Low Cost Home Landscaping Tips edge of a knife. The garlic will crack out of the skin making it easier to peel. You can also put the garlic in boiling water , Attract Butterflies To Your Garden! for 30 seconds, drain, and then peel when cool. Crush with the flat , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed edge of a knife and slice or chop as necessary. Garlic can be used to enhance the flavour of seafood, salad , Attract Butterflies To Your Garden! dressings, stews, casseroles, vegetables, , Dog Damage to Lawns soups, meat dishes, pasta, vegetables, , Transplanting Tips and poultry. When roasting meat, make slits in the meat, sliver garlic, and stuff into the slits. Roast the meat as usual. Roasting or baking garlic mellows the taste. To eliminate garlic breath, chew the traditional breath fresheners: parsley, fenugreek, or fennel.
Gwen Nyhus Stewart, B.S.W., M.G., H.T., is an educator, freelance writer, garden , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed consultant, and author of the book The Healing Garden: A Place , Dog Damage to Lawns Of Peace - Gardening , Bonsai Trees - Our Own Little Forest For The Soil, , Grass Clippings Gardening , Abatement and Confronting Legitimate Issues For The Soul. She owns the website Gwen's Healing Garden , Perfume Your and Home with Gardenias where you will find lots of free information , Grass Clippings about gardening , 'Sir Cedric Morris' Hardy Geranium for the soil , Stump Grinders - Use Stump Grinders Safely! and gardening , Organic for the soul. To find out more about the book and subscribe to her free Newsletter visit http://www.gwenshealinggarden.ca

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