Garlic has so many myths and legends attached to it they would probably fill a whole book, although we do know for sure that it keeps vampires away, so for that reason alone we should definitely grow some!
Garlic is part of the onion family although it is considered to be a herb. It has been cultivated for over 5000 years and wild garlic has been around even longer.
In Roman times it was believed to bestow strength and was given to soldiers. It’s also been used as an effective hangover cure, apparently.
Garlic is an excellent herb to have available in your garden. The bulbs store well if kept in the right conditions and can be used through the winter months. Garlic tends to grow easily and needs little looking after.
It has medicinal qualities and is said to cleanse and purify the blood. Garlic is believed to protect against colds and flu and is used to treat infections. It has anti-fungal qualities and is also known to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
*Extract from ‘Growing Herbs at Home’ on our Herb Books page