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Posted: 7/15/2011 10:34:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/15/2011 10:37:14 AM EDT by Winn]

Last fall I planted a bunch of softneck garlic. This year I will plant hardneck in the fall and then try planting some softneck in the spring as I've been told that works well here, but my question is this ...

When it's time to harvest either softneck or hardneck, what is your process?

At this point I've got all of the softneck dug up out of the ground and have had it inside drying / curing for about a week. I'm thinking that now is the time to "finalize" things for storage and am wondering what to do next.

The plants still have all the roots and leaves intact, and there's still a bit of dirt on the bulbs as well.

So what's next? I've been told that it's ok to rinse them off with water to remove the dirt ... is that true ???

Also, regarding the roots and leaves, how / when should those be trimmed?

What sort of time frame is involved?

What's your method

Link Posted: 7/15/2011 10:46:48 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/15/2011 11:05:56 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Waldo:

Here's a link to my local garlic growing Mentor. It's all 'splained in the links and the videos. Nice guy.


That's helpful ...

Thanks very much.

Link Posted: 7/15/2011 3:24:06 PM EDT
Cool! That's a great site. Think I'm going to roast some music tomorrow, and smear it on some crusty bread. We have a Garlic fest up here Aug. 13th. That's usually where we get our new varieties.
We added Chesnok red last year, to our Music, White Armenian, Purple Italian. Love when the garden starts to put out.
Link Posted: 7/16/2011 4:00:32 AM EDT
Finally somebody I can order from that looks like he knows his stuff. Last year I ordered what was supposed to be softneck from Johnny's. After we dug it up it turned out to be hardneck which says alot about why it didn't do good in this heat.
Link Posted: 7/16/2011 5:00:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/16/2011 12:16:12 PM EDT
I store some in the bottom drawer of the fridge, but I pickle most of mine. Once you open a jar of it, you can keep it in the fridge and fish out as many cloves as you need at the moment.
Link Posted: 7/16/2011 12:37:15 PM EDT
That's a great site. I never thought about pickling garlic.

This year's garlic harvest was fantastic. Both regular and elephant foot garlic did really well. I probably have enough drying (hung in bunches) for the next year or two.
Link Posted: 7/16/2011 12:54:23 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ken914:
I never thought about pickling garlic.

It's easy schmeasy. Peel, put in half-pint Mason jars, cover with vinegar, process 20 minutes in a water-bath. Done.

Link Posted: 7/19/2011 5:38:38 PM EDT
Well looks like Marge and Charlie sold out of Susanville and Ozark before I could order it. I'll have to keep looking around for other softneck suppliers.
Link Posted: 7/19/2011 5:43:23 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/20/2011 4:42:51 PM EDT
I'm new to Zone 6a/5b; when do I need to plant my garlic?
Link Posted: 7/20/2011 5:53:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/21/2011 3:29:37 AM EDT
We plant after the first frost, then pile on the leaves.
Link Posted: 7/25/2011 10:24:23 AM EDT
Link Posted: 7/25/2011 10:34:21 PM EDT
Pickled garlic?

That sounds good, do you have a recipe you prefer?

Hopefully I get a chance to plant some this fall.
Link Posted: 7/26/2011 4:03:16 PM EDT
Link Posted: 7/26/2011 9:39:27 PM EDT
Thanks, I have the book at the house. I plan on planting a bunch this fall so hopefully I can try the recipes out next year.
Link Posted: 7/28/2011 7:49:40 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Feral:

We planted a lot of garlic last year. Probably in excess of 300 plants.

Unfortunately, we had a family emergency that kept us from harvesting for about 3 weeks later than we should of. When we got to it, the lack of rain made digging the garlic difficult to say the least––the earth was like concrete. I finally said "screw it" and popped it all out with the skid loader. I can't recommend the method as it wreaks havoc on the soil. Does a nice job with the garlic though. I was surprised how easy it was to pop the garlic out without damage any of the heads.

This year we're hanging the bulbs instead of drying them on screens. I just wrap them up with a zip tie and hang 'em. It'll keep the dog from messing with them I think. In another few weeks I'll trim the stalks and roots. The pic shows about 20% of our yield.

Because we're late on the harvesting, this garlic won't store as well over the next year. I think we'll pickle a bunch of it instead of letting it air dry.


Maybe I'm missing something, but what's shown in the pictures seems to look really good

Are the bulbs / cloves splitting apart?

What would be the cause of the storage problems that you anticipate?

Link Posted: 7/28/2011 12:23:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/13/2011 11:10:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/13/2011 11:12:51 PM EDT by WizardBlack]
We planted 28,000 seeds last year. ;-)


I would not rinse with water. We use scissors to cut the roots up close to the bulb and cut the stem off. Just rub the bulb with your palms for a simple method to get dirt and the outer-most layer or so of paper (skin) from the bulb. Much akin to onion skin.
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