Harvesting garlic involves a number of processes that must be addressed properly. Planting and growing your
garlic may not be as challenging as harvesting it. But with the following guides and tips, you will be able to
harvest your crop properly and ensure that the yield is what you’re expecting it to be.|
Garlic is one of the easiest plants to cultivate. Once you plant it, all you have to do is sit back and wait for
the harvest time. However, the challenge lies is on determining whether the garlic is already due for
Unlike potatoes, you can’t personally inspect each of the cloves to make sure it’s ready. In harvesting garlic,
timing is highly important.
Factors that determine the Quality of Garlic
If you want to harvest tasty and very pungent garlic, you need plant it right. There
are several factors that affect the quality of your garlic. Whether you’re planting it in your farm or in your
backyard, you need to choose the area which has the best quality of soil. Like most crops, garlic grows well
in a fertile and organic soil. The area where you’re going to plant it should receive enough sunlight. Garlic
needs sunlight to grow well and sustain its good quality. When planting the garlic, you have to keep it in an
upright position and the clove should be at least an inch below the surface of the soil. Be sure to give each
clove enough space to breathe, that would be 3-5 inches. Aside from the soil and sunlight, garlic needs to be
hydrated well but you don’t have to do it regularly. Just check the soil from time to time and if you notice
that it’s cracked and dried out, you may need to water it.
Figuring out if the plant is ready for harvesting is a common dilemma for many garlic growers. Some people would
say that it’s like taking chances. Harvesting it prematurely may result in tiny and fleshy bulbs while harvesting
garlic late can result to the bursting out of cloves and reduction of its pungent smell and flavor. Many gardeners
usually ask – when is the best time to harvest garlic? How do I prepare the garlic for harvesting? Below are the
guidelines when harvesting garlic:
Preparing for the harvest time
The garlic should be prepared weeks before it is harvested. Harvesting garlic is basically a judgment call but
there are some indications that will help you decide. When you notice that the leaves are starting to fall off and
dry out, that means that the harvest time is getting nearer. You will also notice that the leaves are turning
brown. When you reached this part, stop watering your garlic. Try your best not to over-hydrate the plant because
it may spoil its yield. Well, it would be impossible to do that when it rains so you have to cross your fingers.
Well, if you only have a small area in the garden where the garlic is planted, you can make a temporary shed so it
doesn’t get ravaged by hard rain. Another method to know if the garlic is
ready to be harvested is to get a few bulbs from the soil. Gently dig a small area. Once you have the bulb,
slice it into two. If the skin of the garlic sheds automatically, it’s ready! You will also notice the size. If it
has grown bigger, you can expect that the rest are also the same. Well, this would still depend on the variety of
garlic you’ve planted. There are varieties that are really small so no matter how long you wait, they won’t get any
bigger. So make sure to identify the variety you purchased before planting it. This way, you will have an idea of
what the yields will be.
When is the best time to harvest garlic?
The moment you’ve seen the signs, harvesting garlic can be done in the soonest possible time. But on an average,
the best time to harvest garlic would be between July and August. This is the period when we have quite warmer
weather. You can also harvest it during springtime.
How to Harvest Garlic
This is the most crucial part and it requires knowledge, care and patient. Nonetheless, the actual harvesting is
the most fun-filled and exciting moment because you’re about to rip the fruit of your labor! Here are the
DON’T ever pull the garlic from the ground. You have to dig it to get the bulbs. You will notice that the garlic
bulb has gone deeper even though you just planted it an inch below the surface of the ground. That’s normal. It
will also cling to the ground because of the roots that have grown. Be careful not to damage the bulb or else you
won’t be able to store. You can still use it though. Some people make use of a fork instead of a shovel when
harvesting garlic. The fork will help you loosen the soil, making it less difficult for you to extract the
Do the same thing for all the remaining garlic bulbs. Then, brush off the soil. You don’t have to cut the
stalks. Just leave them that way.
Before storing the garlic, allow it to self-cure and dry. That would take about 3-4 weeks. You can place the
bulbs in a dry and well-ventilated area. Don’t expose them to direct sunlight or them may get too dried and may
affect the taste of the garlic.
Once the stalks have dried out, they can be cut.
You can also remove the outermost skin of each garlic bulb but make sure not to expose the clove itself.
Otherwise, you would have to use it immediately because it will soon dry out.
If you want to grow another batch of garlic, separate the best cloves. You can plant them again by following the
same procedure you did before. You have to store the cloves you’re going to re-plant in an area with room
temperature and high humidity. Dried cloves will not produce good yield.
Before we end this little talk, we’d like to share some interesting facts about garlic that will
inspire you more to plant your own:
Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It is used to aid sinus infection, wounds and other diseases which are mainly
caused by bacteria.
The medicinal properties of garlic can be successfully obtained when eaten fresh. You can crush the garlic and
top it on your pasta, soup and other dishes. Microwaving the garlic will eliminate the active compounds it
There were studies suggesting that garlic can aid in managing cholesterol
Garlic is almost used in any type of cooking. It can even be used for ice
Garlic is considered one of the healthiest foods on earth.
It increases the amount of antioxidants in the blood.
Garlic has been clinically proven to aid in hypertension.
By reaching this part, you might say that oh – harvesting garlic is not really hard! That’s true. You should
just be a little careful, patient and gentle as to spot the best time to harvest and avoid any damage on the
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