|It is the first of November. The sun rises later and sets earlier. The colorful leaves are falling from the trees, and, in the process, are turning brown and brittle. My part of the world is preparing itself for winter, a time of dormancy and of shadows. The time of vivid colors is nearly over.|
Today was one of those rare and special warm autumn days. It was bright, sunny, and with very little wind. In other words, it was a good day to spend outside. Today, I went to a farm and planted garlic (allium sativum). Garlic is planted in rows. Each garlic bulb is broken apart, and individual cloves are planted. Some people plant garlic in the spring, but, in many places, it is considered preferable to plant garlic in the fall.
Here is some interesting facts about garlic:
|Garlic has a variety of health benefits. It actually has the ability to fight off the bacteria (yersinia pestis) that causes the bubonic plague, otherwise known as the "black death." Garlic has a property called allicin, which results in a number of health benefits. Unlike medication, garlic has no side effects. Garlic can help strengthen the immune system and it can fight the common cold. Garlic can help to reduce blood pressure and it can improve cholesterol levels. In addition, garlic contains antioxidants, which are considered to be beneficial.|
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