The other day when I was talking to my neighbor Bob Dane, he mentioned that he had harvested his garlic. “Oh, no, is it time?” I asked in a panic. Oh, yes. I had totally forgotten about the garlic and I did wait a little too long. The problem with waiting too long, and mid-July is a good time to check the plants, is that the garlic bulbs will break apart, and they will be no good for storing. You need to have that papery covering to hold the cloves together, dry and clean. A couple of my plants did break apart as I dug them up. I will use the this week.
One other mistake. I did not cut off quite all the scapes in the spring. If the scapes are not cut off the garlic bulbs will not be big and full. Having made these two mistakes my first try – my next harvest should be much better. Unless I think of another mistake to make.
I wish I had seen this video of Farmer Tracie from Yankee Magazine online a couple of weeks ago. The harvest could have been much better.