A run of hot, sunny days resulted in perfect conditions for harvesting garlic.
We waited for the bottom three leaves to die back, a sign they were ready to be pulled. We began with the German Extra-Hardy; each remaining leaf represents a layer of protective wrapper surrounding the bulb.
This wasn’t a large planting, and we plan to replace it with the Rossa di Sulmona we began acclimatizing this season.
The bulk of our planting is in Music, another hardneck garlic with large, juicy cloves and a nutty flavor. With only 4 to 5 cloves per bulb, we make sure we grow enough to have sufficient seed for the next round.
After the garlic is pulled from the ground, we strip the outermost layer in order to keep the bulbs clean and free of disease.
The third variety we grow is Phillips, another hardneck. These started out small in size but have become noticeably more robust each year.
Each bulb is stripped and cleaned, then left outside for the rest of the day to begin curing. They’re then brought inside to finish curing in a warm, dry area.
After a week of curing inside on screens, the garlic wrappers have all begun to turn lavender and pink.
The Rossa di Sulmona was at a disadvantage by being started in an unprepared bed. Once it’s transferred to the main garden, it should catch up in size with the other varieties once it’s established in a year or two.