All sorts of Alliums

| May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Beautiful Purple Alliums

This popular herb is of the onion family and it has a beautiful flavour. Alliums also have marvelous health-giving properties. Pyramid builders and Roman soldiers on long marches were fed on a daily ration of garlic. Whose powers apparently extended to protection from black magic.

There are over 700 species of alliums in the world. Today garlic is a major flavouring in many food dishes. I absolutely love alliums not only because they taste awesome. But also because of how beautiful they look when their flowering.

Cultivation 

Cultivation of this plant is easy; take offsets or divide bulbs in Autumn or spring; plant garlic cloves 4 cm deep. You should sow seeds in Spring. Alliums love sunny spots but they will tolerate partial shaded areas. Make sure your soil is rich, moist and well drained for best growing conditions. But alliums will tolerate poorer soils.

Growing and Harvest

Growing alliums is rewarding. Thin out or transplant seedlings to roughly 23cm apart. Or garlic bulbs to roughly 15cm apart. Always water during dry times and enrich the soil with nutrient rich compost. I divide and replant clumps every 3 to 4 years. Harvest by cutting the leaves (chives) leaving 5cm for regrowth. I pick the flowers as they open and use them in salads etc. For garlic cloves dig up in late summer being careful to not bruise them.

Preserving your Alliums

Preserving is a great idea, you can refrigerate the leaves in a sealed container for up to 7 days. Use them fresh or they can be used dried depending on preference. I’ve made garlic oils with mine. Yummy.

 These chives are great in your kitchen they add a lot of flavour to your foods. They make a great edible boarder for gardens or vegetable patches.

As always love what you grow, enjoy.

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Hi my name Tanya and I am a lover of growing all things in the garden. Its the one place I feel at peace and can rest my soul. From my earliest childhood memory I have always loved the garden. So I hope to be able to pass on some of the information, tips, tricks and of course my passion for Gardening. Love what you grow. Enjoy.

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