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Bigger the better in Birrell’s backyard

Friday, 11th January, 2013

Les Birrell and his supersized Russian garlic. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Les Birrell and his supersized Russian garlic. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Kurtis J Eichler

If you ever need to fend off vampires or the common cold, just ask Les Birrell for a piece of garlic - he’s got plenty.

The Piper Street green thumb proudly showed off his 11cm thick Russian garlic yesterday, one of hundreds that have shot up in his patch this year.

The robust and unusually large bulb is grown across Australia and is known for its pale pink flowers.

They are normally larger and milder than ordinary garlic.

“I don’t eat it,” Mr Birrell said. “I’ll give it to my friends. There’s quite a few lining up for it.

“I’ll have no trouble getting rid of it.”

He used only horse manure and a mix of mulch and soil to make them grow.

“Everything was natural that I fed it.”

This week a study of Adelaide patients published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found two cloves of aged garlic daily resulted in lower blood pressure.

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