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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!  I get my garlic here.   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...

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Posted by on Sep 11, 2011 in Cooking recipe, Onion, Tarragon |

Tarragon stuffed mushrooms

I love mushrooms AND my tarragon is ready to use. I am sure that I will be making this recipe soon… Tarragon stuffed mushrooms Ingredients: *1 pound large mushrooms *3 cups fresh breadcrumbs *2 cloves garlic, minced *1 small onion, chopped very finely *2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh tarragon *2 eggs *salt and pepper *1.5 cups dry breadcrumbs *oil for frying Directions: 1) Wipe the mushrooms clean. Carefully remove the stalks without damaging the caps. Finely chop the stalks and set aside. 2) Place the fresh breadcrumbs in a bowl and add the garlic. Stir in the onion, tarragon, 1 egg, seasonings, and chopped mushroom stalks. Mix very well to form a soft stuffing. 3) Divide the mixture between the hollows of the mushroom caps, pressing it in well. 4) Beat the remaining egg in a dish and dip each stuff mushroom in it. 5) Place the dry breadcrumbs in a dish and dip the egg-coated mushrooms into them, ensuring that they are evenly coated. 6) Heat about 4...

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

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 |

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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