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How to Grow an Endless Supply of Garlic Indoors
Have you ever wondered what it takes to grow garlic? And what harmful chemicals is used in the process? Well, if you grow your own than you don’t have to worry about the chemicals and harmful toxins that may be in your everyday foods.
It is always good to have information about the food you eat, where it comes from, how it’s grown, and in general the process it takes to finally end up on your plate. We should be aware of what we put in our bodies.
Did you know the most of the world’d garlic was produced in China and bleached white with Chlorine?
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Also according to the CEO of the Australian garlic industry some garlic growers in China use raw human sewage to fertilize their crops!!!
The 4 important reasons to grow your own garlic
1. Better taste
2. It’s safe and free of harmful toxins
3. Save money
4. Easy to grow
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Garlic takes an average of 6-8 months to grow and doesn’t require much space, it can be stored in such a way that your family can enjoy them all year long.
The easy 5 steps of growing garlic
Garlic can be grown in any time of the year, If planted in Autumn you will have higher yields and bigger cloves. But if you lost your chance don’t stress it because it can be grown at any time, they might be a bit smaller though.
If you live in an climate are that has heavy rainfall seasons then avoid harvesting in the wet season. Try to aim for warm and dry harvesting periods.
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1. Choosing the right garlic
There are many varieties to choose from: Soft neck, Glen large, Hard neck, Elephant or Russian, the important thing to consider is which one will grow better in your climate area!
2. Preparing the soil you want to use and your garden
It is best to test your soil with a pH tester, garlic grows best in soil with a pH level of 6.5-7.0
3. The planting process
When and how to plant is highly important, timing is key; the best time is autumn. Once you have separated the garlic cloves you can plant the outer cloves and use the inner cloves for cooking. By making a hole in the soil with your finger with a depth of about 5cm/2inches and 10cm/4inches apart. Press down firmly and then fill the hole with soil and water the garlic.
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4. Remember to nurture your garlic
Once they sprouted about 15cm tall then it’s time to fertilize, this can be done with a number of fertilizers such as seaweed or fish emulsion, slurp molasses or compost tea. You must remember to water regularly and to have the weeds in garden under control.
5. The final and exciting part of harvesting
Make sure to keep a written record of when you planted your garlic so you’ll have an approximate time of harvesting, one sign that your garlic is ready to be harvested is that an outer papery layer will form.