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Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Gardening, Garlic, Vegetables | 10 comments

How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Garlic

  How to Grow Garlic Garlic is such a popular item in the kitchen that it should always be on the top-ten list of things to grow for any gardeners. Even better? It’s a pretty easy, low-maintenance plant to grow in the garden, so anyone can try to grow garlic at home!   There are a few different types of Garlic: Hardneck Garlic: Hardneck garlic varieties have a stiff stem in the center that is surrounded by a ring of cloves. Hardnecks are often the most hardy varieties of garlic. Hardneck garlic is best suited for zones 3-6. Hardneck varieties do best in climates that have a real winter. If grown in warm climates, it often is vulnerable to splitting and may not even grow. When Hardneck garlic dries, it is too rigid to make garlic braids. Softneck Garlic: Softneck garlic has a flexible stem in the center and is surrounded by layers of cloves. This is the type most often sold in grocery stores. Softnecks are best grown in climates with...

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Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Basil, Cooking recipe, Garlic | 2 comments

Pesto, it’s the Best-o! Plus 10 Creative Recipes

Pesto, it’s the Best-o! Plus 10 Creative Recipes

Pesto: A Staple for Your Kitchen Pesto is delicious and satisfyingly healthy. It is a multi-purpose staple that deserves a place in everyone’s kitchen. When you see pesto at the grocery store, you might gasp at the ridiculously expensive price tag on a very small jar of the stuff.  I am here to tell you that pesto, when made from home, is easy AND cheap to make!  Pesto has many uses in the kitchen, including: Pasta: use pesto in place of marinara sauce Pizza: instead of BBQ sauce or tomato sauce, use pesto Chicken: pesto-covered chicken is delicious Hamburgers: instead of mustard and ketchup, add pesto to your buns Veggie Dip: dip your veggies into pesto as a simple appetizer or snack Sauce for Veggies: this creates a bold sauce to cover your potatoes, broccoli, etc. Fish: looking for a new way to eat fish? Top it with pesto Sandwiches: make a creative sandwich with pesto instead of normal condiments Salad: pesto would make an excellent salad dressing How do YOU use Pesto?...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Garlic, Gotu kola, Onion, Peppermint | 0 comments

Eastern Herb Salad

Another recipe that I want to try, it looks really healthy and good! Eastern Herb Salad Ingredients: *1 cucumber, peeled, deseeded, and diced *salt and pepper *3 tbsp. olive oil *3 pita breads, toasted and broken into small pieces, or 5 slices of white bread, toasted and cut into strips *2 cloves garlic, minced *juice of 1 lemon *2 tbsp. young Gotu kola leaves, roughly chopped *4 tbsp. purslane leaves, removed from their stalks and chopped (or baby spinach) *2 tbsp. flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped *2 tbsp. cilantro leaves, roughly chopped *2 tbsp. mint, roughly chopped *1 red onion, finely chopped *5 ripe tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and roughly chopped Directions: 1) Place the diced cucumber in a colander, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain for 20 minutes. 2) Toast the the bread. In a large bowl, mix together the garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil to make a dressing. 3) Add the herbs, the diced vegetables, the pieces of bread and toss well to coat with the...

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Posted by on Aug 29, 2011 in Chives, Garlic, Onion, Vegetables | 0 comments

Garlic, Chives, Onions

Garlic, Chives, Onions

Name: *Garlic (Allium sativum) *Garlic Chives (Allium odorum) *Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) *Onion (Allium cepa) Description: *the Allium family are a pungent, tasty product from the garden *garlic is an insect repellant and also neutralizes the poisons of bites and stings Parts Used: *leaves, bulbs, flowers, use them fresh Position: *all Alliums like well-tilled weedless soil, good drainage, and a sunny position Propagation: *plant onions by seed *plant chives by seed *propagate garlic by planting cloves vertically with top covered by 2.5 centimeters of soil Maintenance: *weed well, especially in early growth stages *do not over winter *garlic is vulnerable to nematode (eel worm) attack. To clear soil of nematodes, plant a crop of dwarf orange marigolds (Tagetes patula) beforehand Harvesting: *use fresh *when they are finished growing, the tops of both onion and garlic wither and fall over. On a sunny day, pull the bulbs of these plants and leave them for a few days to dry out. Store in a dry, well ventilated place *to prevent browning, avoid...

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