Bulb Growing Culture & Benefits

 

GARLIC.

CULTURE: The sections, or cloves of each bulb should be separated and planted just below the soil surface from early November to late December. Space rows 15-20cm (6-8") apart and allow 10cm (4") between cloves. Lift and dry the plants, as with onions, once the foliage turns yellow in July. Full growing instructions included.
HINTS: Garlic has become an essential part of many kitchen gardens as our food tastes have changed and its health benefits have become more widely known (it lowers blood pressure, fat and cholesterol levels and combats infections).

ONIONS

CULTURE: Dig and manure the soil in autumn or early winter. Give the ground a light dressing of lime early in February and a week before sowings. For use from September onwards sow seed March-April in drills 23cm (9") apart. Thin the plants out finally to 10-15cm (4-6") apart. For exhibition onions, sow under glass December-January, transplant the seedlings into boxes or pots and gradually harden off for planting out in April. Row 6m (20'). row 18m (60') 'Triplepack', except where stated.

HINTS: When leaves turn yellow in late summer, partially ease the bulbs out of the soil with a fork - this speeds the ripening process before harvesting later in September.
HEALTH BENEFITS: One of civilisation's oldest medicines. Anti-asthmatic, anti-bacterial, antiseptic. Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.