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Grow, Garlic, Grow!

By CHN Nutritionist Michelle Brenseke, MS, RD, CDN, CLC

Garlic is not only tasty and good for you, but it is also easy to grow! Here are some tips to help you plant your own garlic this Spring:

  1. Buy bulbs from garden center (not the supermarket). Try “Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon” also called hardneck garlic.
  2. Put the bulb in the refrigerator 3 weeks before planting.
  3. Pick a pot that is at least 18 inches deep and 12 inches wide. Fill with “soilless potting mix”. Leave room at the top.
  4. Dig holes in dirt that are 3 inches deep. The holes should be 2 inches from the edge and 5 inches from each other.
  5. Break bulbs apart, but keep papery husks on the cloves.
  6. Plant one clove per hole, with the flat side down and the pointy end up.
  7. Fill the hole with soil, making sure that the tip of the clove is about 1 inch under the surface.
  8. Water well and place the container in a spot that gets light.

For outdoor gardens: plant in early November for more garlic in the spring!

Basil Pesto Recipe

Makes 2 cups

You’ll need:

2 cups fresh basil leaves (no stems)
2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts
2 large cloves garlic
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup freshly gratedparmesan cheese

To make:

  1. Mix basil leaves, nuts and garlic in a food   processor and blend   until very finely minced.
  2. With the machine running slowly, dribble in the oil and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the cheese and mix very briefly, just long enough to combine. Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Lettuce Share!

  • So far, 600 patients have enrolled in the Healthy Savings Program!
  • CHN patients enrolled in the program have reached $3,553 in total savings in fresh fruits & veggies.
  • If you know a CHN patient who lives in the Bronx and wants to join, please call: Anna Rickards ( 718-731-2209) or Claudia Castaneda (718-320-4477)
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