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Who Doesn't Love Garlic


Gifted One
Apr 15, 2021
Today I harvested about 17 garlic bulbs.  Soft neck Wight Provencale Garlic.  I had delayed the harvest because I thought it wasn't ready, I was right.  Every single clove had developed a large bulb which had developed into a cloven bulb with no scapes. I'm thrilled,  I will use some of them myself, but half of them with be given as gifts.

I'll see if I can get a photo and post it when I have harvested them all.

I have since found out that only hard neck varieties of garlic produce 'scapes' I will not be growing that.  😉

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pre 2000 i couldn't eat garlic ... then i had a really bad flu before Christmas in 2000 then proceeded to get several colds one after another it lasted nearly 2 months in the after math i found my taste buds had totally changed that i could eat a garlic nan with my Indian and preferred it to the plain nan ..... then their was the Alcohol i used to drink white wine or Cider ... now i can't drink alcohol it tastes absolutely bitter ... so much so i can't drink Alcohol ... so that's nearly 21 years without alcohol ... i don't smoke or take drugs ... i'm starting to think i'm a Quaker :LOL:  

Yep, you are are a garlic loving Quaker 😄

all i need is the straw hat and the peice of straw hanging out my mouth to finish off the look 🤣

I've not smoked for more than 20 years and virtually gave up alcohol 10 years ago. I was a heavy drinker and the "A" word crossed my mind regularly but when I decided to I gave up pretty easily apart from a glass of wine with  a meal on rare occasions.

I feel a lot better for it, I haven't had a gout attack since which is a HUGE plus.

I wish I could do both of those, but I doubt I could do it.  I don't have the motivation, apart from financial gains, I would be lost..

You have to want to, giving up booze is hard, particularly if you have your own "happy hour" when the first drink of the day is poured.

I still have a drink at that time but not alcohol.

I have very few pleasures now. Having a drink is one of my pleasures left to me.  I never go out, I live alone now.  It relaxes me in the evening.  I have no plans to stop.

You have to want to, giving up booze is hard, particularly if you have your own "happy hour" when the first drink of the day is poured.

I still have a drink at that time but not alcohol.
it was easy for me  ... i still don't miss it ... when i told my dad he didn't believe so much so he went shopping with me at the weekends and even checked my fridge and after a few months he realised i was serious .... i've never had a addictive nature 

How did we get to alcohol from garlic... the human brain and it's triggers, that's how.

Well, let's see if we can return this thread to what it was supposed to cover.  Everyone knows I have a really really bad back that prevents me from doing anything remotely useful.  But today I was in luck.  The day was dry with no rain, my back was feeling like - I can do this....  So I did, I removed the cat netting, they do like to poo in my beds.  I got the cloves in the ground... another job well done, so pleased.  A little job every day makes you feel better when your finding it difficult because you're a bit old.

It was once said that garlic must be planted on the shortest day of the year (southern hemisphere) and harvested on the longest. So plant mid-winter, harvest mid-summer. 


  • According to Pliny, garlic and onions were invoked as deities by the Egyptians at the taking of oaths. The inhabitants of Pelusium in lower Egypt, who worshipped the onion, are said to have held both it and garlic in aversion as food.
  • Egyptian slaves were given a daily ration of garlic, as it was believed to ward off illness and to increase strength and endurance. As indicated in ancient Egyptian records, the pyramid builders were given beer, flatbread, raw garlic and onions as their meager food ration. Upon threatening to abandon the pyramids leaving them unfinished, they were given more garlic. It cost the Pharaoh today's equivalent of 2 million dollars to keep the Cheops pyramid builders supplied with garlic.
  • During the reign of King Tut, fifteen pounds of garlic would buy a healthy male slave. Indeed, when King Tut's tomb was excavated, there were bulbs of garlic found scattered throughout the rooms.
  • When Moses led the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt (around 1,200BC), they complained of missing the finer things in life - fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.
  • The Koreans of old ate pickled garlic before passing through a mountain path, believing that tigers disliked it.
  • In Mohammed's writings, he equates garlic with Satan when he describes the feet of the Devil as he was cast out of the Garden of Eden. Where his left foot touched the earth, garlic sprang up, while onion emerged from the footprint of his right foot.
  • In Palestinian tradition, if the bridegroom wears a clove of garlic in his buttonhole, he is assured a successful wedding night. Among practitioners of Auryvedic medicine, garlic is held in high regard as an aphrodisiac and for its ability to increase semen.
  • Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at cross-roads, as a supper for Hecate -- a goddess of the wilderness and childbirth, or for protection from demons. The garlic was supposed to the evil spirits and cause them to lose their way.
  • Greek athletes would take copious amounts of garlic before competition, and Greek soldiers would consume garlic before going into battle.
  • It became custom for Greek midwives to hang garlic cloves in birthing rooms to keep the evil spirits away. As the centuries passed, this ancient custom became commonplace in most European homes.
  • Roman soldiers ate garlic to inspire them and give them courage. Because the Roman generals believed that garlic gave their armies courage, they planted fields of garlic in the countries they conquered, believing that courage was transferred to the battlefield.
  • Homer reported that Ulysses owed his escape from Circe to "yellow garlic".
  • The herbalist Culpepper linked garlic with the planet Mars, a fiery planet also connected with blood.
  • European folklore gives garlic the ability to ward off the "evil eye". Central European folk beliefs considered garlic a powerful ward against devils, werewolves, and vampires. To ward off vampires, garlic could be worn on one's person, hung in windows, or rubbed on chimneys and keyholes. When diseases caused by mosquito bites were considered "The touch of the vampire," garlic came in handy as a mosquito repellent.
  • Alexander Neckam, a writer of the 12th century, recommends garlic as a palliative of the heat of the sun in field labor.
  • Dreaming that there is "garlic in the house" is supposedly lucky; to dream about eating garlic means you will discover hidden secrets.
  • This old Welsh saying may indeed have merit as a health remedy: "Eat leeks in March and garlic in May, Then the rest of the year, your doctor can play."


  • The ancient Greek name for garlic was scorodon. According to Fulder and Blackwood, French physician Henri Leclerc derived this from skaion rodon which he translated as rose puante, or "stinking rose".
  • Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. Sanskrit records show its medicinal use about 5,000 years ago, and it has been used for at least 3,000 years in Chinese medicine. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans used garlic for healing purposes. In 1858, Pasteur noted garlic's antibacterial activity.
  • Historically, garlic has been used around the world to treat many conditions, including hypertension, infections, and snakebites, and some cultures have used it to ward off evil spirits. Currently, garlic is used for reducing cholesterol levels and cardiovascular risk, as well as for its antineoplastic and antimicrobial properties.
  • There is a long history of using garlic to get rid of many insects, from slug to mosquito. In particular garlic has a reputation for protecting people from mosquito bites.
  • Hippocrates (300BC) recommended garlic for infections, wounds, cancer, leprosy, and digestive disorders. Dioscorides praised it for its use in treating heart problems, and Pliny listed the plant in 61 remedies for a wide variety of ailments ranging from the common cold to leprosy, epilepsy and tapeworm.
  • During World War 1, the Russian army used garlic to treat wounds incurred by soldiers on the Front Line. Although Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin in 1928 largely replaced garlic at home, the war effort overwhelmed the capacity of most antibiotics, and garlic was again the antibiotic of choice. The Red Army physicians relied so heavily on garlic that it became known as the "Russian Penicillin".
  • Today, garlic is used by herbalists for a wide variety of illnesses including high cholesterol, colds, flu, coughs, bronchitis, fever, ringworm and intestinal worms, and liver, gallbladder, and digestive problems. Several scientific papers have been published in the last two years which strongly indicate that garlic is highly efficient in preventing heart disease and cancer, and even reducing the severity of established cancer.
  • Garlic Caution: Olive oil infused with fresh, raw garlic should not be left at room temperature to cure. While it may produce an awesome flavor, botulism threatens its safety. Garlic infused vinegar, on the other hand, is safe because the high acidic level of vinegar prevents spores of botulinum bacteria from incubating.
  • Italians apply poultices of garlic to alleviate stomachaches. During the early 20th century they sent their children to school wearing necklaces made of cloves of garlic to prevent them from catching colds. Though this practice made them rather unpopular, it did keep them healthy.
  • Dramatic results in treating animals infested with ticks showed that garlic was able to effectively kill the ticks within 30 minutes, while garlic proved to be a repellant toward new infestations. Garlic was also successful in treating cattle with hoof and mouth disease.
  • In a study conducted in Russia in 1955, garlic extract used therapeutically was found to bind with heavy metals in the body, aiding their elimination. Workers suffering from chronic lead poisoning while working in industrial plants were given daily doses of garlic extract and saw a decrease in their symptoms. Other experiments that took place in Japan using mercury and cadmium also found that garlic bound with the heavy metals.

You need to get a few more bulbs in Kath, that healthy male slave for 15 pounds of garlic sounds like a good deal. 😁

Haha, that's funny Split.  That was then and this is now, so when I get help in, it's paid for at the correct rate.  Don't forget that the Brits were the first ones to abolish that shit.

As an oldie I can get help from the local council for a Handyperson or a Plumber for £16/hr.  It's one thing that we can get as a plus to being old 😄

Thanks, I'll take a look.

I enjoyed a series on Prime this year about a guy with absolutely no experience taking over the running of a farm.

Quite funny with lots of beautiful English countryside shots.

Rookie efforts see Jeremy Clarkson win big farming award

You don’t have to be an experienced farmer to win farming awards in the UK – the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has just awarded Jeremy Clarkson (formerly of Top Gear) the NFU’s 2021 Farming Champion of the Year.

Clarkson, who is much more at home behind the wheel of a Lamborghini, now drives a slow tractor on his 1000-acre (404ha) farm in Chipping Norton in the Cotswalds – which he calls Diddly Squat Farm.

It all sounds very quaint, but through his Amazon show Clarkson’s Farm, the NFU says he has showcased the realities of farming on his farm in Oxfordshire to millions of viewers, who enjoy his outspoken views on farming and no-nonsense approach.

I never watched it because it was on paid TV, I don't do that crap.  But if I could watch it free, I would be interested. I don't do PAID.  😉

I never thought of looking on YT... thanks for the tip.

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I get a lot of that stuff on sites like eztv dot re.

I think in the US you would need a VPN.

Maybe one of the uploaders here could get the series for you. I'm the same about pay TV but a friend gives me his password for Netflix and Prime.