I dug my first garlic harvest! I’ve tried several times to grow garlic, and this is my first year with a successful harvest. The green parts of the plants had yellowed and died back on most of them. I used a fork to loosen the soil, which popped up the bulbs. I hit a few — I’m still learning!! I still have a couple dozen or so that are still fully green, so they are still in the ground.
I also dug the shallots, but it’s possible I pulled them out of the ground a little early. They flowered, and from what I read, the flower heads are normal. I didn’t find anything that said I should cut them (like the garlic scapes), so I let them go. Should I have let them die back? Should I have cut the stalks? I don’t know — I must not have looked at the right resources!
The garlic, though, is gorgeous. I have a nice variety of bulb size, with some beautiful large ones.
I’m letting both the shallots and garlic cure out in the covered side of the porch. We opened doors on either end so there is good flow, and I move it to keep it out of the sun during the day. Within two weeks it should be ready, and then I can clean off the dirt and remove the outermost papers.
I’d love any tips or sources you can share for growing garlic. I hope to keep the cycle going — plant, harvest, eat some / save some / plant some.*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**