- An Introduction to Garlic
- Who Should Grow Garlic?
- Growing Garlic
- Garlic as Medicine
- Braiding Garlic
- Varieties of Garlic
- Preserving Garlic
- Basic Garlic Preparations
- Cooking With Garlic
- Sources for Garlic Seed
Excerpt from page 7 - Harvesting
Garlic has its own way of letting you know when it's ready to harvest.
Start by watching to make sure the garlic plants do not flower. This takes energy away from production below ground. If it looks like your plants will flower, break the stem to frustrate this development.
When the tops of the stalks start turning brown, it's time to harvest. Dig the cloves up carefully, so you don't damage them with your shovel or spading fork. Avoid pulling the heads out by hand because of possible breakage.
Note: If you're desperate for some nice, fresh garlic before the stalks begin to brown, and if you don't mind small cloves, go right ahead and do a bit of early harvesting. Just try to let most of your crop reach maturity before you dig it up.
Unless you are planning to make garlic braids (see page 8), brush off any loose dirt, then spread the heads out on the surface of the soil to dry. Leave them there until dry or until you are threatened by rain, then store at room temperature somewhere where they will receive plenty of air.
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