Growing Garlic Herb in Your Evergreen Herb Garden

Growing Garlic herb can be easier than you thought. Ever since I started my website evergreen-herb-gardens, I started making notes of herbs that can be grown round the year or at least easy to grow in warm and tropical regions for majority of the time in a year. The notion of having fresh culinary herbs for your kitchen is very exciting; it is like any other venture or adventure.

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I have found that the dishes turn out to be tastier with the herbs that I grow in my small garden always and it’s guaranteed.

Ensuring a never ending supply of evergreen herbs round the year requires you sow at least 5 to 10 herbs in the 4 seasons and repeat the growing and harvesting for the consecutive season.

Requirement for Growing Garlic

You require at least 2×2 square feet of garden space for growing garlic, which you can enhance depending on your requirement and availability of space. You can also use containers for indoor gardening.
Garlic is actually very easy to grow, you just need the cloves to begin your herb garden. You can get complete garlic bulbs from your grocery store or farmer’s market. They really grow well in warmer climates. But don’t despair if you are living in cold regions except for Tundra regions where there is a heavy snowfall.

Once you have the bulb, separate the cloves without breaking or damaging them. Keep the skin intact.

Simple Instructions for Planting Garlic

  • Divide the garlic in a group of 3 to 4 cloves.
  • Dig the pit at least 3 to 4 inches deep and wide.
  • Allow 4 to 6 inches space between the garlic groups.
  • Sow each garlic group with the tip facing you. The flat or bottom part of the garlic glove should be facing earth. Don’t panic if you have sown them sideways, they will still come out in green shoots.
  • Garlic herbs take time to erupt. Rule of thumb is; if you plant the cloves in Fall season which is roughly around October and November, you can harvest them in the month of July and August. Your harvest will be early or late depending upon the species, the soil and the sun.
  • When you see chives like shoots sprouting, you know that the cloves have germinated.
    When you see the flower in the shoot, remove it because you want all the nourishment from the plant to go in the bulb.
  • You can know from the colour of the stems when the bulb is ready. When the shoots turn green to brown, you know that the garlic can be harvested. There can be 20 to 30 cloves in a garlic bulb. After harvesting, you need to dry them in a space free of moisture for approximately a week.


    The Mosquito Repellent Herbs

    The mosquito repellant herbs can take your herb garden to the next stage by keeping it clean and bug free. I knew that herbs were used as medicine but I never knew they could be effective in driving away mosquitoes and fleas as well. Once I came to know about it, I have planted herbs and flowering plants like marigold, basil and lemongrass that are known to drive away mosquitoes. Not only are they effective, they are great as culinary herbs too.

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    Everyone in the world knows that mosquitoes are a menace, getting rid of them seems to be an impossible task. They seem to come back again and again. Perhaps they may even survive a nuclear war.

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    With ever increasing side effects of global warming, growing marshlands and pollution – the population of mosquitoes have multiplied. Thanks to the resistant to DDT and other pesticides, the mosquitoes have learnt to combat and outdo the killing effects of them. Surviving the poisonous gases, they breed in stagnant water and swamps. The increase in mosquitoes leads to increase in human diseases. Mosquitoes are famous for spreading deadly diseases like dengue.

    To repel mosquitoes naturally without poisoning the environment is a challenge. There are certain plants which can rightly be used as mosquito repellant herbs. You will be surprised to know that they are common and easily obtainable.

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    Plant these herbs in window planter boxes, your patio and lawn. They really gel with flowering plants, and can be used in your kitchen too. Here are some common herb plants that will give you respite from insects and fleas –

    Lemongrass – If you had a chance of having lemongrass tea then you already know about the good old lemongrass herb plant. It is a tall perennial grass that comes in many varieties. Among its various names, it is also famous as fever grass. It is often used in tea for the aroma of lemon. It has the subtle taste of citrus fruit that gives a delicious tinge to tea. It is an insect repellant and is widely used in spray and candles. You can crush the leaves and use it as a spray to sprinkle over the lawn.

    Basil – The holy basil is also known as “Tulsi” in India. It comes in green and purple varieties. Crushing the leaves of basil produces oil and fragrance that mosquitoes hate. You can also rub the juice of basil leaves on insect bites. Similar to lemongrass it is also used in tea to enhance the flavor.

    Marigold – Marigolds come in beautiful yellow and maroon flowers. The plant actually is not an herb but is a favourite of gardeners. They keep the mosquitoes and other bugs away from flowers and vegetables in the kitchen garden. Marigold plants repel garden pests and the flowers add flavor to salads. The flowers are edible and can be a gorgeous addition to dishes at lunch time.

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