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Alice: Why does it take these boneheads so long to put out the GARLIC PRESS?
Wait'in Willie, Weasel Springs, WA

Well, uh, you see it's like this Willie .... After Garlic Day and the Saugerties Festival, the warm weather brought on a late fall and there was a lotta catchin' up to do. Then we planted late and into November, and then it was time to sell off the crop and winterize the barn, and next thing you know it was Christmas and everybody (almost) forgot how to write all those letters they promised and all those recipes and growing tips, and so we decided here at Allium Central that our New Year's resolution was to start off the year with an issue.

So now you really don't have so much waitin' to do Willie, do ya? Did that answer your question, or did we forget about the new leach bed we had to get in and that plumbing job that couldn't wait. Oh well, enough excuses. I guess we're just lazy country folks.

Alice: Is garlic as good for farm animals as it is for these two-legged stinky types that come to my farm stand?
Barnyard Bob, Big Throat, WY

Yes Siree Bob! You'd better believe it! After some of the dogs I've kissed, garlic breath has to be about equal to a trip to the dentist for a good cleaning.

Garlic-soaked dog biscuits is a good way to go, and commercially, for cats or dogs, yeast and garlic kernels that are added to feed are available. Interesting also are studies on the effects of vinegar and water mixes for cows or horses. A little garlic oil added in couldn't hurt. When it comes to racing pigeons, studies have shown that one drop garlic oil per day is excellent for respiratory organs, which can be attacked by microbes (mainly coryza) that infect the mucous membranes. The antibacterial effect of garlic suppresses this danger, and many pigeon fanciers buy garlic from their grocers. "Putting the stink in" always results in pigeons with dry eyes, healthy throats, white beaks and wattles.

So, yes indeed, just like those two-legged scroungers that waddle over to the farm stand, garlic is the reason, so eat it every season.

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