GARLIC – Allium sativum

Fertilise

Perennial. Garlic grows from a bulb consisting of several segments which are strongly aromatic. Full sun essential. Frost hardy. Harvest garlic in autumn or summer if the leaves have yellowed. It can be planted amongst roses to deter aphids and other rose pests, or make into a spray to kill or repel pests. Dried bulbs can be strung together and hung for later use. It is an essential ingredient in many European and Asian dishes and is also used in herb butters and vinegars.

Medicinal uses: Useful for lowering both blood pressure and cholesterol, garlic is also said to have beneficial effects on the immune system. For colds and flu taking regular amounts of garlic should reduce susceptibility.