Garlic, a close relative of onions, leeks, and shallots, is more than just a kitchen companion. When introduced to plants, it unfolds a host of surprising benefits. Originating in Central Asia around four millennia ago, garlic has evolved into a global crop, leaving its mark in India and Egypt dating back to the third millennium BC.

Enriched with essential micronutrients like manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and selenium, and boasting a low-calorie profile, garlic transcends its culinary role. The transformation of white garlic into black garlic further elevates its nutritional standing, enhancing its polyphenols and antioxidant content.

In our gardens, garlic emerges not only as a versatile, easy-to-cultivate medicinal plant but also as a formidable ally for plant protection. Beyond its flavorful contribution to our dishes, it stands as a natural shield against pests when strategically planted around fruit trees, warding off intruders like aphids and spider mites while preventing fungal assaults.

The benefits extend to companion planting, where garlic becomes a guardian, deterring parasites and contributing significantly to the well-being of neighboring crops. Tomatoes, in particular, thrive in the presence of garlic, which acts as a natural bactericide and fungicide, safeguarding against nematodes and finding utility in carrot and strawberry crops.

For those seeking natural remedies, a garlic infusion becomes a powerful ally, an eco-friendly solution to repel aphids without resorting to harmful chemicals. Applying this garlic remedy during the quiet hours of dawn or dusk over five days proves effective in banishing these persistent insects.

Garlic’s prowess extends to fungal threats, where it stands out as a potent fungicide. By blending garlic with cloves and water, letting it rest, and then diluting and spraying it directly onto plant leaves, we create a natural defense mechanism against potential infections.

In the realm of insecticides, garlic takes center stage in APICHI, a robust solution against soft-bodied insects like mites, whiteflies, aphids, and caterpillars. Crafting a homemade version involves chopping garlic, macerating it in water, boiling the solution, and using the resulting liquid as an insecticide through a sprayer.

Who would have thought that the unassuming garlic could be the secret weapon for vibrant gardens? Embrace the natural wonders of garlic, and witness your garden flourish with vitality and health.

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