Looking for organic garlic for sale? Are you planning on planting garlic in your garden or do you need it to test a new recipe? No matter which one exactly, you probably want to stock your pantry with heart-healthy, wholesome nutrition that brings nothing but health and good taste, right? Then go ahead and try these organic garlic bulbs that are brought to you by Dirt Goddess Super Seeds!
Grown in Germany without using any conventional practices, this super-veggie is of the porcelain garlic sort. Porcelain garlics have large and juicy cloves that are overlaid with shiny white wrappers that are thick and have a parchment-like texture. This garlic variety packs a strong, hot flavor that is ought to be appreciated by real connoisseurs.
Since Porcelains are the densest garlics of them all and weigh more per unit of volume than other sorts, scientists say their health benefits are of exuberance.
Health benefits of garlic
What’s special about garlic is that it contains a valuable nutrient called allicin (responsible for the vegetable’s distinctive smell), that’s the reason for a lot of garlic’s benefits.
1oz garlic (28g) has: 23% (DV) manganese, 17% (DV) vitamin B6, 15% (DV) vitamin, 6% (DV) selenium. It also offers good amounts of vitamin B1, iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and copper.
Garlic’s active nutrients can reduce blood pressure, thus lowering the risk of heart disease. There even was a study showing that garlic supplementation was as equally effective as the medicine Atenolol at reducing blood pressure for a period of 24 weeks.
Garlic has the propensity to lower the LDL cholesterol levels by 10-15%, which is one more reason as to why it has a good influence on your heart condition.
Garlic is effective in fighting cold and other common sicknesses. Its immune-fortifying properties were backed by a 12-week study that proved it was 63% more effective in preventing colds than a placebo. The same study also pointed that the length of cold or flu symptoms could be lowered up to 61% if you took 2.56g garlic daily.
The healthy vegetable has shown detox effects. The sulfur nutrients of garlic, especially in higher amounts, have shown potential in protecting our organs from heavy metal toxicity. A 4-week study involving people working at a car battery plant, deducted that garlic was able to reduce the lead levels in their body by 19%, as well as symptoms of toxicity.
Garlic’s powerful antioxidants might assist in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s. That’s because garlic increases the body’s antioxidant enzymes which fight oxidative damage on a cellular level. That, combined with the blood pressure-normalizing and cholesterol-lowering effects, gives garlic a precondition for preventing brain ailments such as the upper-mentioned.
Sportsmen would be very intrigued to learn that garlic may increase their athletic performance. This superfood is considered to be one of the earliest “performance enhancers”. In ancient cultures, it was used to improve the work capacity and reduce the physical-induced fatigue of laborers. In ancient Greece, it was given to Olympic competitors. A study including subjects with heart disease showed that a 6-week garlic oil supplementation lead to reduction in peak heart rate by up to 12%, and improved athletic potential. However, more thorough studies are needed to further investigate and confirm the athletic-boosting properties of garlic.
How to grow garlic?
First, assess the best time to plant garlic in your region. The most optimal times for planting garlic are mid-fall or early spring. It can thrive in various climates. It grows less well in places where heat or humidity is high, or where it rains much.
Pick a planting spot and make the soil ready. Garlic likes a lot of sun, but it could tolerate partial shade, provided it is not too long in the growing season or during the day. Soil must be nicely dug and kind of crumbly. Sandy loam is recommended, while clay-like soils should be avoided. Make sure drainage level is higher. Use compost and manure to add nutrient density to the soil.
Supply yourself with fresh organic garlic cloves, preferably large and not very soft (that’s why using porcelain garlic is a great option). While keeping in mind that every clove will sprout into a separate garlic plant, estimate how many garlic cloves to plant.
Separate each clove from the garlic bulb, and be careful not to harm the cloves at the base where they attach to the garlic plate. In case the base is damaged, it may not grow.
Push each clove into the soil. Point the tips upward and plant the cloves in a depth of 5cm (2 inches). You should leave about 20cm of space between each clove for best growing conditions.
Once you’ve planted the cloves, cover them with mulch. You may use other toppings, such as: dry leaves, hay, compost, straw, nicely rotted manure or grass clippings.
Either top dress the cloves with compost or fertilize them. It’s important that the newly planted garlic gets a full fertilizer. In case you’re planting garlic in the spring, fertilize it again in the autumn. And if you plant it in the autumn, fertilize it for the second time in the spring.
Fresh-planted garlic needs frequent watering to boost root developing. Don’t go too far with the water though, as garlic might not grow well or even rot in over-moisturized environment in cold months. If rain hasn’t fallen, water nicely once a week. Unless there is a drought, watering garlic may be avoided. In such case, water sporadically. As the season warms up, reduce irrigation gradually. In order for your organic garlic bulbs to mature properly, they need a hot, dry summer.
Protect garlic from pests, they may come around to make a nest among the plants or eat the garlic. Keep an eye out for aphids and mice.
When you reach the point of harvesting garlic, you can first eat the plants’ long green stalks called scapes. There’s a chance of damaging the bulbs themselves, so avoid doing it to every plant. You can put on a pair of gloves when you pull scapes out, because otherwise, your hands may smell of garlic for a long time.
When is the best time for harvesting garlic?
When the leaves turn yellow or brown, and you can feel the individual cloves of the bulb, the garlic is ready to be harvested. Once the scapes begin to dry, it’s essential to pull the garlic plant or the head will split into the individual cloves. Start harvesting at the end of the summer. It may continue without issues until fall in most regions. Warmer climates allow for a bit earlier harvesting.
Before pulling the bulbs out of the ground, loosen the space around each head using a shovel, but do it gently, because garlic is predisposed to bruises. After you’ve pulled them, wash them carefully and leave them somewhere to dry for a couple of days. Garlic can get sunburned, so avoid keeping it for too long in direct sunlight.
Store garlic in a cool, dry place. Dried bulbs can be stored in a garlic keeper. You can braid or plate a strand of the dried leaves, which serves as a useful decorator from which you can hang the garlic in your pantry or kitchen.