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Amy Goodrich
Written by Amy Goodrich
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From reducing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure, to supporting bone health and protecting vital organs from heavy metal toxicity, garlic seems to do it all. It owes its strong medicinal health effects and pungent smell to a sulfur compound called allicin. This powerful phytochemical has been shown to be 100 times more effective than some antibiotics, without harming friendly gut bacteria.
How to grow your own supply of garlic at home.
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While garlic is inexpensive in almost every country in the world, it does pay to produce your own. Did you know that many bulbs that end up in our grocery stores come from China? While garlic is one of the world's most potent foods, the Chinese bulbs are covered with harmful chemicals to prevent sprouting, kill insects and whiten the bulbs for a more appealing look. Furthermore, these bulbs are often grown in untreated sewage - another good reason to start cultivating your own.
Choosing the right variety.
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While there are many garlic varieties to choose from, Natural Living Ideas recommends starting with Elephant garlic, which produces a mild-flavored bulb that even kids can stomach. On the other hand, if you live in a colder climate, hard neck types are the way to go. As mentioned before, the majority of garlic found in the grocery store is chemically treated, so make sure to choose the largest, organic cloves to start with.
How to grow garlic outdoors.
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While the optimal planting time to produce beautiful, large bulbs is fall, just after the first frost has passed, cloves can also be planted in late winter or early spring. Choose a sunny spot in your garden and loosen up the soil at least 12 inches deep.
How to grow garlic in pots.
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To grow garlic indoors, you'll need a container that’s at least 8 inches deep and that has holes for drainage. Fill the pot with potting soil and push the cloves into the ground, pointed sides up, 4 inches apart and 4 inches away from the side of the container. Cover with a 1-inch layer of soil, and place in a sunny spot with lots of direct sunlight.
Be sure to keep the soil moist and clip off the greens when they are about 3 to 4 inches tall, leaving about an inch for regrowth.
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