For those of you who ventured into “garlic farming” with me last fall, attached is a link that provides guidance on when and how to harvest your garlic, and what to do with it once it is harvested (click here). I pulled up about 75% of what I planted this past weekend. I had some really nice sized heads, but some were a little on the small side and probably could have stayed in the ground a little bit longer. The person who originally told me about planting garlic, someone at the local Nature Center, told me he typically harvested in mid June. Most of what I’ve been reading recommends late July through mid August – which I think is more on target. (Of course, the crazy non-ending rain this summer probably did delay the crop).
I must admit I am proud of what I have. We braided it up, and it’s hanging in our kitchen now. When harvesting, pull gently. I did break a few of the greens off and had to go digging with a trowel to find the head. After I pulled them up, I dipped them gently in a bucket of water to clean the dirt off of the bulb and the roots. I then put them in the sun to dry. I later read that I should have not put them in the sun, but a dry place out of direct sunlight.
Depending on the rate at which I use garlic, this should last me at least through the winter. So time to find some good garlic recipes. This one for pan-fried garlic shrimp looks like it’s worth a try (and it’s a video!).