Harvesting Garlic

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October is planting time for garlic in our zone, and July is harvest time.  You know it’s ready to harvest when a few leaves start going brown and it looks like it wants to lie down.  Don’t wait until it’s fully brown and on the ground.  Take a trowel and lift the bulb from the side.  We harvested hundreds of heads from our raised beds.  We brush the soil off and hang it for a few weeks in our lawnmower shed, which is basically an old dog lot with a roof on it.  It’s under cover and gets good ventilation that way.  I needed garlic and refused to buy any with all of this fabulous stuff hanging so have been using some of the fresh in cooking.  It’s a little hard to peel but still tasty.   We’ll hold onto some of this harvest to plant in October… just three months away (!)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TroubleT
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 16:54:48

    Do you think you can grow garlic in containers? What do you do with it during the winter? I really think I want to try my hand at garlic this year. 🙂

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  2. Connie
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 17:42:57

    We’ve never grown garlic but have grown carrots and potatoes in containers so I don’t see why not. The beauty of garlic is you leave it alone over the winter, and fall and spring. It’s the easiest thing to grow. Stick cloves in the ground, pointy side up, and forget it.

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