First Garlic Harvest

We harvested our first garlic this morning! The ‘Maiskij’ variety reached the point of having 5 dead leaves, so we dug it to begin the drying process.

The bulbs are big and beautiful! The roots were also very deep in the soil. We could definitely see the difference between the ones that were right next to the edge of the raised bed and the ones that were near the drip lines. (Yes, my pen is broken. I dropped it. Oops.)

Here’s the whole pile of harvested garlic. Aren’t the roots (and the bulbs, of course) impressive?

We laid all the garlic out in flats to dry for a day or so, then I will tie them in bunches and hang them up to dry. Yum!

Two other varieties – Sonoran and Ajo Rojo are just at the 3 leaves dead stage where we are going to try not to water them until they are ready to harvest.

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on June 4, 2013, in Harvesting & Eating and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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