Planting Garlic in the South


The Texas Pioneer Woman"There are five elements: earth, air, fire, water and garlic." — Louis Diat

Growing garlic on my farm is important. Garlic is an important seasoning for many dishes that I cook for my family. I use it mixed with butter to flavor fresh bread I pull out of my oven as well as to spice up a pan full of fresh grown vegetables from my backyard.

Besides flavoring our meals, there are health benefits to eating garlic. Actually eating garlic provides several health benefits! The two benefits I value the most for my family is that it lowers blood pressure and help us ward off colds and coughs.


I learned from my elders when I was growing up that if you eat two raw crushed garlic cloves at the onset of having a cold or a cough it will reduce the severity of your illness. This is one "old wives" tale that I do follow and it has worked for me.

Working hard to put food on the supper table for my family is a rewarding experience. I love the fact that I can produce food to keep my family fed as well as to provide nutrition that they need to be healthy. Growing garlic in the South can be very challenging. We often fight a hot and humid summer here, but if a few rules and considerations are followed, producing garlic on your piece of land can be achieved.

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