Garlic is easy to grow although is seems complicated
I try to make as simple as possible so easy to remember next time you want to grow your own garlic
There are two kind garlic
One hard neck
Like name says, their stem will be hard, grows garlic scrape which you can cut to encourage bulb growth, also can eat the garlic scrape in salad, sautéed or make chutney , hard neck garlic won’t store well for long time.
I planted store bought organic garlic, don’t don’t know what kind Though , next time make sure , this is my first time growing garlic successfully 🙂
Plant in a fall time to harvest in spring or early summer
Garlic grows well in well drained soil, plant about six inches apart, separating garlic cloves from bulbs
Plant pointy side up, cover with soil, water occasionally
Harvesting garlic :
It’s summertime here in South Georgia
Here some pictures of my garlic harvesting in garden and some tips on harvesting garlic.
Garlic takes about six months or so to mature.
You plant in fall , should be ready by May or June when you see two three bottom leaves start turning brown and drying, that’s when you garlic is ready to dig out.
You don’t want to wait until all leaves turn dry and fallout, garlic will have no layers of protection to stay fresh for long time, so best time to dig out when few leaves are still green which will form a layers around garlic bulbs to keep them fresh.
Garlic roots are pretty tough and you don’t want to pull from top, otherwise stem will break , if it breaks bulbs may not stay fresh for long time.
First loosen the soil around with hand or gardening tools, then pull the bulb.
Best time to do this is on dry day ,
Dryer the soil, easier to dig the bulbs.
Because of rain soil still wet in my garden so it was pretty tough to dig out the bulbs.
Already feeling hot and tired 🙂
Leaving garlic bulbs out under tree in shades to dry out some of the soil , then will hang all the garlic bulbs in some dry , cool place.
It was a fun and exciting time to harvest garlic for this season, this is just one small garlic bed I just finished, one large is still to dig , will dig it up tomorrow 🙂
Not to mention, had a great time using green garlic leaves through out the season.
Don’t forget to use garlic green in cooking. It’s good way to flavor food, use where garlic requires, make sautéed garlic greens, garlic green chutney, add in soups , it enhance the flavor and most of all its convenient, nutrient and free 🙂
Reciepes already posted
check it out the recipes for
Sautéed garlic greens
Garlic green chutney
Tomato soup with garlic greens
Hope you enjoy my garlic harvesting pictures in the garden 🙂