How can I reuse or recycle garlic?
We’ve had an email from Jon Arkin:
I bought a big net of garlic from the market at the weekend because it was going cheap. I now know why, half of them have started sprouting.
I’m going to try to use as many as I can but will have to compost the rest – or are there any other non-culinary uses?
You could try planting the sprouting cloves in your garden – give them six months or so and they become new bulbs – but when I did this a few years ago, the resulting bulbs were tiny and not really worth the effort (although this might be because we have a north-facing garden and had a rather lax attitude to watering). And I suspect there may be issues with planting out commercially grown garlic like there is with planting old shop-bought potatoes.
I believe it can also be used to keep insects (and vampires) at bay but don’t know any more about that other than what I’ve learnt from bad 1980s horror films.
So any ideas or more info about the things I’ve mentioned?
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