DIY: How To Harvest Garlic

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This is going to be the first in a multi-part series on harvesting, curing and preserving garlic. The first part is of course, harvesting the garlic. This is an easy process, but also a delicate one. You have to be very careful not to bruise the bulbs. Otherwise, they won’t store well and will rot. So, the way to harvest the garlic is to dig down around the bulb with either your hands or a shovel. Again, be very careful to not bruise or cut the bulbs. If using a tool make sure to give the bulb a wide berth. Try to get under the bulb and pop it out of the ground. You may have to sever some roots to do so. But, do NOT under any circumstances try to pull it out by the stalk. If you do so, the the stalk will sever from the bulb thus leaving the bulb in the ground and you holding a severed stalk, looking like an idiot. The bulb in the ground will also be rendered unstoreable.


The following are some pictures from this year’s garlic harvest:


I harvested over 100 Garlic bulbs this year

























In addition to the regular Garlic, I also harvested 8 Elephant Garlic bulbs.
























Here is a side by side comparison of a pretty good sized regular Garlic bulb (left) and an average sized Elephant Garlic bulb (right). Notice the different sizes not just in the bulb size, but also in the stalks and root size.























Until next time, keep Making a Homestead, one day at a time.


5 thoughts on “DIY: How To Harvest Garlic

  1. Ros,

    The elephant garlic looks like it may not have cloved. If that’s the case, you will have something that looks like and onion but it actually a single large “round”.
    You can eat this like regular cloves but you can also re-plant the round this fall; it will pick up where it left off and clove up into a nice big head of EG next year’s harvest. I have had a few “rounds” this year and last.

    1. I remember you mentioning that. You may be right, they are quite large, but not as big as I was expecting. Maybe,the ground there is too hard. It’s a raised bed, but still I think there may be too much clay. I’ll toss in some more compost and heed your advice. Thanks!

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