Garlic Gusto

Bloomingfield's braided garlic in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Bloomingfield’s braided garlic (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Garlic, a relative of the onion family, is one of the most healthy, beneficial foods you can eat.  Since ancient times, garlic has been revered for its countless advantages, from boosting the immune system to treating skin conditions.  Garlic has been used to repel mosquitoes, eliminate warts and for relieving nasal congestion. And recent studies indicate that garlic has also been recognized for aiding in the prevention of some types of cancer, for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, for promoting liver health, even helping lower cholesterol levels.  All those benefits aside, I love it for the flavor it adds when sautéed with leaf vegetables or added to stews and sauces.  Cloves can be inserted into pork or beef roasts, with a delicious outcome.  Garlic is a tasty addition to many food dishes, while providing vitamin C and potassium.  In other words, just a spoon full of garlic . . . [Read more…]

Herbs for Ornamentation and more…

Herb Garden | A Garden for All by Kathy Diemer

Herbs Together (Photo Credit: Kathy Diemer)

Some pronounce it “erbs”, some say “herbs”.  Whatever.  There are some phenomenal herbs out there that are both beneficial and beautiful in the garden setting, no matter how you pronounce them.  Since I grow them ornamentally, I can’t share their medicinal and culinary benefits from a personal perspective.  But I can certainly entice you with their visual attributes!   And, if you want to try them for other purposes, all the better.  Here are a few of my favorite herbs to add visual interest to your garden: [Read more…]