Howard Garrett's Eco-Friendly Gardening
Garlic to chase away Mosquitoes For site use spray garlic tea over the entire problem area and for even more control broadcast dry minced garlic at 2 - 5 lbs per 1000 sq ft.
GARLIC (Allium spp). I recommend that everyone grow garlic because it has so many uses. Cloves should be planted in October. Society garlic Tulbaghia violacea) is the decorative perennial that has garlic chives like foliage and pink, blue, lavender or white flowers on stalks.
Reader Comment: Your tip about dried minced garlic is the first thing that has worked for my TERRIBLE mosquito problem in my small backyard. By the way, I found a 23-oz container at Sam's Club for $3.85. I'm going back to stock up. THANK YOU !!!!!
QUESTION: I have leaf miners on my tomato plant. Is there an organic remedy? I have been removing the damaged leaves, but the bugs keep returning. There are few leaves left, but the plant appears to be healthy otherwise. C.P., Dallas
ANSWER: Neem products traditionally have been used to help control this pest, but I also recommend garlic. Apply dry, granulated garlic in the plant's root zone at a rate of 2 to 5 pounds per 1,000 square feet, and spray the foliage with a liquid garlic product.
QUESTION: When should garlic bulbs be harvested? Do you wait until the leaves turn brown? I.L., Richardson
ANSWER: If you wait until the leaves are dead, much of the energy, food value and taste in the bulbs will be used up.
Allium sativum L. Commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion family Alliaceae. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, and leek. A 'head' of garlic, the most commonly used plant part, comprises numerous discrete 'cloves'. The leaves and stems are sometimes eaten, particularly while immature and tender.
Edible greens and cloves. Garlic is well known as a very important food and medicinal herb, but it can be used as a good looking landscape perennial. The flower heads can be cut, hung upside down and dried to be used in indoor arrangements.
Garlic Pepper Tea
An organic insect and disease control material made from the juice of garlic and hot peppers such as jalapeno, habanero, or cayenne. This is one of the few preventative controls that I recommend. However, its use should be limited because it will kill small beneficial insects. It is effective for both ornamental and food crops.
To make garlic/pepper tea, liquefy 2 bulbs of garlic and 2 hot peppers in a blender 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Strain the solids and add enough water to the garlic/pepper juice to make 1 gallon of concentrate. Use 1/4 cup of concentrate per gallon of spray. To make garlic tea, simply omit the pepper and add another bulb of garlic. Add two tablespoons of molasses for more control.