Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Harvesting Garlic

The garlic has been quietly growing at the end of the berm since last October.  It's a bulb so it gets planted in the fall.  The stalks looked good this spring so I was hoping for a nice garlic crop.  When the stalks started to form seed pods on top, I cut them off to put the energy into the bulb.  After I tossed them, I learned you can make a garlic pesto out of them.  Something for next year...

When the garlic stalks dry, it's time to harvest.

Last Tuesday, I dug down below the bulbs to loosen the soil.

The bulbs were much deeper than I expected.  Did I plant them that deep?

There were good root systems on each bulb.

My initial plan was to put them in this bucket.

I quickly realized that I had way too many garlic bulbs to fit in the bucket.  Last year they fit, but this year, the bulbs are larger and I planted more.

After knocking the extra soil off the roots, I laid the garlic bulbs on the patio to dry well.  We had several dry, windy days.  By Friday, they were good to go.  I cut off the stems and rubbed of the dirt and outer skins.  I will save a few to replant in the fall but the rest will be consumed, shared and used as pest repellent in the garden. 

I don't know what variety the garlic is.  My in-laws gave us some a couple of years ago from their garden and I planted a few to get started.

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  1. A nice supply of garlic! I've not done that but may have to this fall. I've also grown garlic inside in a bulb vase and used the clippings to add flavor to winter dishes.

  2. My Garlic is still very green so I think it will be a while before I'm harvesting any.

  3. Wow, you have quite a harvest and the bulbs are so large. This must have been a prefect year for them.

    I planted on bulb several years ago and never dug it. I just enjoy the blooms every spring.

  4. What timing! My husband planted garlic for the first time this year and was wondering when to dig up. We are in NJ; stalks are still green, and were planted mid-May. Thanks for posting...


  5. Wow, that's a lot of garlic! How do you use it as a pest repellent?

  6. I transplanted some plants from my grandma--but I think a hungry mole got them. Garlic was on my "purchase list" in Jan, till I found out that you start it in the fall. So, I am hoping to try this out in a few months. But I had absolutely NO idea what you did with it after you planted it--so thanks for the great information!!

  7. Nothing beats fresh garlic. Great set of shots showing how to harvest them.

  8. How great to have so much fresh garlic! I was given some a year and a half ago, planted it and it never died back. It's actually still growing with green tops now. I keep meaning to dig up a couple to see what they are doing.

  9. ~Martha
    I didn't know about growing it inside.

    Hopefully, it's growing big bulbs.

    I think they had a lot of moisture this winter and spring when they needed it most. They'r fun for the blooms too.

    I hope you have a great garlic harvest.

    ~Cherry Lane
    I take cloves of garlic and my garlic press out to the garden and leave bits of it on plants I want the rabbits to stay away from and this spring I put some on the nasturtiums that the black aphids were attacking. It seemed to do the trick. I wouldn't put it on lettuce or directly on any veggies I wanted to eat. It's still trial and error for what it works for.

    Find a mole with bad breath and you'll have your thief! LOL.
    Garlic is super easy. I hope you get some this fall.

    Thanks tina.

    I wonder what it's doing too. I suppose it grows at different speeds in different climates.

  10. If your garlic gets scapes, then it is hardneck garlic. I'm thinking that's the only kind that does. I cut mine into a couple inch pieces, and saute them by themselves or with mushrooms. I love them. Larry is not a big fan of them. I serve them when they still have a little crunchiness.


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