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5 Surprising Ways To Use Garlic in Your Garden

Garlic is a great vegetable to have in the garden as it can easily  be incorporated into many meals. But, have you ever wondered what else you can do with garlic in your garden besides planting it? Well, wonder no more!

Here are five surprising ways to use garlic in your garden from keeping pests away to protecting your plants against fungal diseases. This versatile herb is something you’ll definitely want on hand.

So, the next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a head of garlic and get ready to put it to good use!

Aphid Protection

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You may not think of garlic as a pest-control method, but it can be a surprising and effective way to protect your crops. It can be used by apple and pear trees, roses, and some garden vegetables such as celery, peas, lettuce, and cucumbers to keep pests away, especially aphids.

Aphids are tiny, supple-bodied bugs that forage on the sap of plants. They can cause damage to the leaves, stems, and fruit, and are especially troublesome for young or tender plants.

Garlic is a natural repellent for aphids and other pests. It contains sulfur compounds that are toxic to many insects. When applied to the leaves and branches of your plants, garlic will help to keep aphids at bay.

To make a garlic spray for your plants and trees, you will need:

  • A blender
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of dish soap

Start by peeling the cloves of garlic and adding them to the blender. Add water and oil, blended until the garlic is completely pulverized. Let the mixture sit for 24 hours and then strain.

Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and add some dish soap. Shake well to mix.

To use, simply spray the leaves and branches of your fruit trees, roses, and vegetables, being sure to cover both the top and bottom surfaces. Reapply as needed.

Borer Protection

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As mentioned above, it’s no secret that garlic is great for preventing pests in the garden. But, did you know that planting garlic under peach trees is especially effective at deterring borers?

Borers are a type of insect that can cause serious damage to fruit trees, and they’re especially attracted to peaches. But if you plant garlic around the base of your peach tree, the borers will be deterred.

The reason garlic is so effective at deterring borers is because it emits a strong smell that masks the scent of the fruit. Garlic also gathers sulfur which acts as a natural fungicide – this will also help prevent disease.

If you’re looking for an effective way to deter borers from damaging your peach tree, planting garlic is a great option. Give it a try and see for yourself!

Protection Against Various Other Pests

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If you’re looking for a great way to deter Japanese beetles, root maggots, codling moths, snails, and carrot root flies, then consider pouring garlic tea into your soil. Garlic is a natural insecticide that will help keep these pests away from your plants. Plus, it’s easy to make and can be used on both indoor and outdoor plants. Here’s how to do it:

  • Start by chopping up a head of garlic into small pieces. You can also use a garlic press if you prefer.
  • Place the garlic in a jar or container and cover it with boiling water.
  • Let the mixture steep for at least 24 hours before using it.
  • Strain your garlic mixture.
  • When you’re ready to use it, simply pour the garlic tea around the base of your plants.
  • Repeat this process every few weeks or as needed.

Protection Against Fungal Diseases

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Garlic is a powerful ingredient and is a key player in many dishes. It’s also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. But, did you know that garlic can also be used to protect your plants from fungal diseases?

That’s right! Pouring garlic tea into your soil is a great way to prevent or treat fungal diseases, such as downy mildew, in plants. Garlic contains sulfur compounds which are known to be effective against fungi. Plus, it’s completely natural!

Deer Repellent

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If you’re looking for a natural way to keep deer away from your fruit trees, planting garlic capsules may be the answer. Garlic is a strong-smelling herb that deer find offensive. By planting garlic capsules around the base of your fruit trees, you can create a barrier that will deter deer from coming close.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose a spot around the base of your fruit tree that gets plenty of sun.
  • Dig a hole that’s big enough to fit the garlic capsule.
  • Plant the garlic capsule in the hole and cover it with dirt.
  • Water the area well so that the capsule can start releasing its scent.

You should start to see results within a few days. The garlic scent will repel deer and keep them from coming close to your fruit trees. This is a great way to protect your trees without having to use harsh chemicals or sprays. Plus, it’s completely safe for both humans and animals. Give it a try today!

Clove Is In The Air

Garlic is a versatile herb that can be used in many ways to help your garden thrive. Whether you’re using it as a natural pesticide or to protect your plants from fungal diseases, garlic is definitely an herb you don’t want to be without. Have you ever tried any of these methods? Leave a comment below! And don’t forget to share this post with your gardening friends.