When is garlic ready to harvest? That is what we are going to cover in this garlic care guide.
Garlic, as we all know, is one of the few crops that are planted during the rainy season. Ahead of this year, one can simply plant a clove, cover it with mulch, and it will be ready for harvest during the dry season.
Once the harvest is done, clean the bed, and plant another crop in the same bed that was cleaned. It is always interesting to grow one’s own garlic. This pungent bulb adds flavor to countless recipes and is so healthy.
All you have to do it to plant it during the rainy and you will be greatly rewarded in the dry season. Moreover, it is very crucial to know the type of garlic for climate change and cooking.
WHEN IS GARLIC READY TO HARVEST
When you look at the leaves of the garlic, you can tell whether it is ready to harvest or not. You will need to start testing the bulbs of the garlic to see if they are the proper size as soon as the leaves are one-third brown.
To get an idea of the size of the bulb while you still keep them in the ground, it is when you start to loosen the dirt above one or two garlic bulbs. You don’t want to wait too long, though.
You should harvest the garlic regardless of the size once the leaves get to be one-half to two-thirds brown.
If you put off harvest until after the leaves are brown completely they will result in an inedible bulb. Also, remember to lift the garlic bulb from the soil as soon as the leaves wither so it does not make the plant put any secondary growth which can weaken the bulb.
When you remove the bulbs from the ground, be careful not to tear the skin of the bulbs otherwise they may not last as long.
Use any broken bulbs first to prevent them from rotting while being stored.
If you live in a climate that is favorable for garlic growing, your garden garlic harvest will typically take place sometime in July or August.
Harvestable garlic sown in the fall can be found by the end of June. Spring-planted garlic can be harvested in July, August, and September.
The gathered bulbs should be spread out on trays and kept somewhere warm, dry, and well-lit.
Ideal locations include a greenhouse or conservatory. Brush the earth from the bulbs once it has dried.
Ideal locations include a greenhouse or conservatory. When the soil on the bulbs has dried, brush it off and keep them inside, ideally at a temperature of 10C, in a cool, dry room that is not being heated.
A greenhouse or a conservatory would be ideal. Once the soil on the bulbs has dried, brush it off and keep the bulbs in a cool, dry, unheated place indoors, at an ideal temperature of 10C.
It’s wise to test one bulb before removing the entire crop. To check if the crop is ready, lift a bulb.
Because other varieties of garlic will be available earlier, we frequently pick up a bulb before the tips are entirely yellow (in late June or early July).
The garlic bulb’s outer shell will be thick, dry, and papery, and the head will be separated into plump cloves. The bulb wrapper will be fragile and easily fall apart if it is pulled out too soon.
Sometimes, bulbs that are left in the ground for too long split apart. Additionally, the epidermis may split, exposing the bulbs to illness and shortening their shelf life.
Using a garden fork, carefully dig up the bulbs (don’t pull or tug stems by hand). Avoid causing harm to the roots, particularly the root plate (where they attach to the bulb).
Without removing any leaves or roots, carefully lift the plants and brush off any excess soil before laying them out to completely dry.