Monday, July 14, 2014

Harvest Time: Garlic

~ first garlic harvest this year ~
Well, mid-July is the time when we start to harvest garlic. I decided to haul a few out in order to make room for more seeds in a week or 2 & to see how well they were growing for me this year.

I can see that a few are not so healthy, but the rest look wonderful!

Pull the garlic out, lay them in the sun to dry a bit & just brush off the dirt. You can either tie them up in a braid or cut the green stalks off about 2 or 3 inches above the bulbs & store in a cool, dry, dark area for many months.

Stop watering your garlic about a week or 2 prior to harvest - that helps with flavour. You'll also want to take a look at the bulbs at this stage too & set some aside to plant in October for next year's harvest. Pick the largest & healthiest bulbs from the ones you've grown.

Garlic will evolve & modify itself to the conditions within your own growing space. So the bulbs you bought last year or the year before & continued to propagate yourself, with not be the same if you bought new ones each year. Decide if you enjoy your own flavour & maybe start sharing with your neighbours. Garlic you propagate yourself will also be healthier - as long as you start off with the healthiest bulbs (hard as it is to reserve those for planting!)

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