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I have grown garlic for a few years now. I plant in October/November and overwinter. It has appeared now. When the leaves go yellow I investigate to see how the bulb looks and if O.K. I harvest and hang up to dry. Some people eat it 'green' and others prefer it dried. I keep it overwinter in a dark cupboard (the odd bulb in the fridge as I use it) and I am just on my last bulb now. I am no expert. Just plant it and wait. I think you can plant it anytime. Not sure.
We planted "Isle of Wight" garlic in late Oct. Grown well and tall BUT not divided. Any ideas??
nb Live in Hampshire and planted in well manured soil.
Garlic is not normally ready to harvest until July. When the foliage goes yellow and dries off.
Graham, you should have harvested your garlic last summer. If you leave the bulb in the ground over-winter each clove will grow in the spring, and you will get a clump of garlic. Not really much use in the kitchen as the cloves will be fiddly to peel.
Normal bulbs, like the ones in the supermarket are grown from one clove.
Just to confuse matters, I read somewhere (it might have been on here actually) that you shouldn't wait till the leaves go yellow, as it then keeps less well. All a bit academic in my case as it has rust so it's coming out tomorrow, ready or not
You SHOULDN'T wait til they go yellow? Oh! I thought you were meant until they DID turn yellow.
Now I'm most confused!
I'm tempted to pull the fallen ones up tonight and hanging them to dry (would the greenhouse been too warm a place to dry them?) and see what they're like. I'm concerned with them now laying down they wont be as effective at growing any further and don't want them to rot.
I though that as well Clari, like onions. And maybe it's true. I'm confused too. But someone will be along in a minute who knows The tradition is to plant on the shortest day and harvest on the longest day, which is fast approaching but Ithink it's a bit later with modern varieties.
The greenhouse might be too humid, depending on the weather.
I think the shortest day tradition is for shallots or something else, certainly not for garlic. Although I've been growing garlic for over 40 years I note it is still treated as an unusual crop in my 'Expert Book.'
Pull them as and when you need one for the kitchen, you don't have to wait until they are all harvested.
...wherever you have two gardeners you have three opinions.....
Lifted my floppy ones last night now they're hanging in the garden to dry. Not sure if they were ready or not but as long as they're edible!
I think I shall instruct OH to lift his this week as they're showing signs of rust - they appear to have some nice fat bulbs so fingers are crossed