Time to Plant Garlic

Hardneck Garlic

Now is the time to plant garlic! Hardneck types are adapted to cold winter climates, and produce delicious curled scapes in early summer. Larger cloves will produce larger bulbs. Check the Norwich Farmers Market for a supply of garlic bulbs for planting. (Thereafter you can plant your “homegrown” bulbs.)

PLANTING INFO: Thoroughly mix in a 1-inch layer of mature compost. In acidic soil, also mix in a light dusting of wood ashes. Wait until just before planting to break bulbs into cloves. Poke the cloves into the ground 4 inches deep and 6 to 8 inches apart, with their pointed ends up. Cover the planted area with 3 to 5 inches of organic mulch, such as hay or shredded leaves.

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Organic-Gardening/Growing-Garlic.aspx#ixzz1alWZcYNu

Health Facts: Modern science has shown that garlic is a powerful natural broad-spectum antibiotic. The bacteria in the body do not appear to evolve resistance to the garlic as they do to many modern pharmaceutical antibiotics. This means that its positive health benefits can continue over time rather than helping to breed antibiotic resistant “superbugs”. Studies have also shown that garlic can have a powerful antioxidant effect. Antioxidants can help to protect the body against damaging free radicals.

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