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