Garlic is among the most famous ingredients used for cooking. It can provide a good taste that will increase your appetite even more. Additionally, consuming garlic will provide your body with numerous benefits that will improve your overall health.
Because of its strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial functions, there are various kinds of benefits that you can get by eating garlic.
Also, garlic is rich with a sulfur compound known as allicin which is formed when one garlic gets chewed or chopped. The specific smell of garlic comes from allicin. Garlic can:
- Regulate your blood pressure
- Improve bone health
- Improve Longevity
- Regulate your cholesterol levels
- Decrease the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
- Enhance athletic performance
- Improve the health of your immune system
Nowadays, garlic has been used as a natural antibiotic and is really powerful against the bacteria Campylobacter which can inflict numerous kinds of diseases and conditions.
Types of Garlic
There are numerous types of garlic, and you can experiment until you find your favorite. All of them have a specific taste, starting from St. Helen’s red, Vietnamese Red, or Italian late.
There are categories, such as softneck and hardneck, early season, mid-season or late season. You can get all of them in a store, but you need to see the difference between a homegrown garlic and supermarket type.
Believe it or not, growing garlic is simple and won’t take much of your time. To grow one head of garlic, you will need one single clove, and several requirements such as good moisture, decent soil, and knowing when to plant or harvest.
You can grow it indoors or outdoors, which means that you won’t have any problems if you are living in a building. Keep in mind that is always important to take only organic garlic and get the biggest cloves.
Growing Garlic Outdoors
It is recommended to start growing garlic in the fall because the soil is cool. If you want, you can plant it in late winter or early spring, but you won’t get big bulbs.
It is important to choose a place where the garlic will get enough sun throughout the day. Loosen up the planting bed for around 12 inches and mix 1-inch layer of mature compost. Break the garlic bulbs carefully, and try not to harm the base of the cloves.
Plant the cloves at around 4 inches deep and keep the pointed ends up. Leave around 6 to 8 inches of space in between the cloves. Lastly, cover the planted cloves with 3 to 5 inches of organic mulch (shredded leaves is a good choice).
After you plant them, make sure to keep the cloves moisturized, and water them regularly. Check the color of the plants, and harvest when the soil gets completely dry. Also, you can check the color of the leaves – harvest only if it is pale and withered.
Growing Garlic Indoors
As we said, you can grow garlic in your home, and all you need is an 8-inch-deep container with holes, soil and garlic bulb. The container needs to have enough space for the planted cloves to be 4 inches apart and 4 inches away from the sides.
Start by placing the container in an area that will get enough sunlight. Fill it with enough potting soil, break the garlic head into cloves and plant the cloves with the pointed end facing up.
Plant the cloves around 4 to 6 inches into the ground. It is essential that you keep the garlic moisturized, and if you don’t want to make a mess, put the container in your bathtub, spray it with water and wait until the water drains out through the holes.
Also, you need to slice the greens when they get to around 4 inches tall. If you want the garlic to grow again, leave 1 inch. You can harvest the garlic when it begins to turn pale.
When you try the specific taste from homegrown garlic, you will never buy garlic at a supermarket.