The garlic I planted last October is finally ready to harvest. The tips of their leaves are turning brown, and the stems have fallen over.
According to Grandpa (the true garden expert), you need to stop watering them for a couple of days to let the papery skin dry out. I did that and then carefully dug them out, being careful not to cut or bruise them.
Once harvested, I brushed off most of the dirt and then hung them to dry in the garage. Don’t wash them, or it could make the bulbs more susceptible to fungus while they cure.
After they cure for a few weeks, I’ll trip the tops and the roots for easier storage. The bulbs from this year are much smaller than my last harvest (see right side picture), so I need to do some research and figure out why.
If I had giant bulbs like last time, I would save the biggest ones to plant in the fall. I think I’ll be buying seed garlic this time though…