Why I’m Getting Ready to Plant Garlic

As those who follow this blog know, the theme of my ramblings is homesteading and working towards living a more sustainable life without having to depend on corporate America and questionable foods. Well, each Tuesday is the day our grand-daughter spends the afternoon with us. And this Tuesday we decided to get the flower bed where the roses grow ready for planting garlic. 

Some may wonder why in the world we would be getting ready to plant garlic at the end of October when the last of the garden harvest is being brought into the storehouses before the cold winter months. But this is the perfect time to plant garlic and planting it near the rose bushes is beneficial for both plants. The roses benefit from the garlic’s natural fungicides; it keeps away aphids, coddling moths, snails and other icky things no one wants anywhere in their gardens. The garlic gets a good start in the soil before winter really hits and then is ready to harvest in the beginning of the summer months.

Why plant garlic? Aside from the many dishes we eat that contain garlic as an ingredient, it has other benefits besides adding flavor. According to Reader’s Digest, you can use garlic to:

  • Grow beautiful hair
  • Clear acne

  • Prevent and treat colds

  • Soothe psoriasis

  • Control your weight

  • Remove a splinter

  • Treat athlete’s foot

  • Keep away mosquitoes

  • Conquer cold sores

  • As a natural glue

  • De-ice your sidewalk

  • Protect plants

  • Catch more fish 

Of course, I haven’t tried all these different uses for garlic. I just know it’s good for you. Besides, why not grow my own organic garlic and not worry about running low and having to spend time and money going to the store to buy some? 

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We haven’t planted the garlic yet. We just dug the weeds out of the rose beds and got the soil all nice and clump free. We will be working some compost into the dirt in a few days and then setting our garlic cloves into the soil to prepare for a bountiful harvest come summertime. Make sure you check back in with Bean Berries to check the progress of our garlic planting and to read about more adventures as we homestead in a residential neighborhood!

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This post was shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

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8 responses to “Why I’m Getting Ready to Plant Garlic

  1. I want to do that, too. I always say I’m going to plant garlic, but never do. You’ve inspired me. 😊🌱

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  3. Thanks for sharing your post on Wildcrafting Wednesday!!! Garlic is wonderful and EASY to grow!

  4. Pingback: Planting our 2014 garlic crop. | bunchofcilantro

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