This is my first year growing garlic. I am by far no expert and have alot to learn about this herb. I planted this garlic in early Spring. My goal was to have a Fall harvest and then plant another crop before Winter hit so that I will have more in the Spring.
The garlic grew great. This year we put in an herb garden and everything in the little plot did and is doing really well. I noticed the garlic leaves starting to die off so I decided to dig down and see how big they were. It looked to me that the first head I dug up was pretty good size. About the size of a plum. So I went inside to read about harvesting garlic. Here are a few tips that I read and felt the need to share. I probably could have waited a few weeks more for some of the bulbs because some are a little on the small side. What can I say? I got a little excited. It's ok though, I am pretty sure I will have enough to last till next Spring. I harvested 18 bulbs!
Garlic can be harvested when the leaves are about 1/3 brown.
Dig down and evaluate the bulb before pulling it out of the ground to see if it is a good size.
Dig the bulb out do not pull.
Keep the bulbs out of sunlight this can change the flavor.
Brush the dirt off the bulbs, do not wash.
Leave the stocks and roots on the bulb until they are completely dry. Once dry you can cut them off.Hang garlic to dry in a well ventilated room or shady spot outside for 3-4 weeks. I tried putting them in the garage and ohhhhh my was it strong in there. I moved them to the shed outside.
For next seasons crop save a few bulbs and use them for planting.
Have any tips about growing garlic?