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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Wildcrafting Wednesday; One Day Late

I’m linking up to this great group of posts I found. There is no way I can explain it better than those who host this blog hop, so here is their description.

While traditional wildcrafting refers to gathering herbs and plants in the wild to use for food and medicine, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly blog hop for sharing self-sufficiency and homesteading tips, tried and true home-remedies, and your favorite herbal uses.

It’s a place to gather information on ways to incorporate old fashioned wisdom in our day-to-day life.

It is anything and everything herbal – from crafts to cleaning to tinctures to cooking.

It is remedies and natural cures made at home from natural ingredients.

It is self-sufficient living, homesteading, and back-to-basics tips to save food, money, and resources.

If it involves herbs or traditional methods of homemaking and home healing then we want to read about it!

In other words, Wildcrafting Wednesday is a “one stop shop” for the past weeks best tips and simple steps to become more healthy and more self-reliant! Please join us! 🙂

I’ve already learned about making my own whole wheat pasta, found several recipes and discovered oodles of blogs that will help me connect with people who are growing their own food, living a more sustainable life and loving every minute of it.

Make sure you check out all the other posts included in Wildcrafting Wednesday!