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Hauling garlic

First garlic harvest

Today, we started bringing in the garlic. A gentle loosening of the soil with a digging fork—don’t spear those bulbs!—a gentle pull, and it’s done. When to harvest is a bit of a toss-up, at least, as far as I’ve made out from my three years of garlic growing. The general indicator of leaves dying off is a start, but I’m a little wary from last year’s harvest, where the garlic left only a week or so into August, with half the leaves still green, gave up a whole lot of split bulbs (the cloves began pushing back and the skin at the top split open). So now, I dig up a few, and if they look good, it’s time to harvest! This first haul is about a quarter of around 2,400. It’s off to the barn for curing in small stacks. The rest should be done in the next few days!

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3 Comments

  1. I love your website very much, and I am a garlic fanatic lol. Thank you for sharing your lives and skills with all of us.

  2. Wendy

    My garlic has big flowers on the top of the plant now.  How do I know when the bulbs are ready under the soil?

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