We have our garlic in a rowWe have our garlic in a row
Dried garlic topsDried garlic tops
After cutting the tops offAfter cutting the tops off
Three bulbs split during curingThree bulbs split during curing
Drying on old window screens on our front porchDrying on old window screens on our front porch
Growing our backyard diet!Growing our backyard diet!
  • We have our garlic in a row
  • Dried garlic tops
  • After cutting the tops off
  • Three bulbs split during curing
  • Drying on old window screens on our front porch
  • Growing our backyard diet!

After we pulled the garlic up over Memorial Day weekend, we dried it for two weeks on our covered front porch.

Three of the smaller bulbs spent too much time in the ground and split during the drying process. They were still fine to use, but obviously they wouldn’t store well so I used them up first. They seemed to have a much milder flavour compared to the properly cured bulbs, but it may also have been because they were smaller.

I ended up with 19 usable bulbs, two of which I gave away to our neighbour in the spirit of the 10th Element of Urban Homesteading. That left 17 for us. I’m curious to see how long it takes us to rip through our homegrown garlic. We were using a ton of garlic during the winter when I was making hearty winter meals more often, but now that it’s summer I seem to be using less.

The bulbs are being stored in a room in our basement that I call our root cellar – although right now it’s not much more than a room separated from the rest of the basement by a wall of wooden planks. In the fall I hope to turn the room into a true root cellar so we can provide a good storage environment for our fall harvest.

7 Responses to “The great garlic harvest”

  1. erin
    13 July 2010 at 11:30 pm #

    I LOVE your basket, we dad’s all winter, so awesome!

  2. Erin
    13 July 2010 at 11:31 pm #

    Ok we EAT dad’s garlic all winter lol

  3. CoMo Homestead
    14 July 2010 at 8:37 am #

    Thanks! I love the basket. It’s great for harvesting, and you can wash everything right in it. It’s a Little Maine Garden Hod from Johnny’s: http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7446-little-maine-garden-hod.aspx

  4. MT
    27 July 2010 at 1:12 am #

    Just a suggestion – I understand it stores much better if you either leave the entire stem on (hang in a bunch or braid), OR if you are going to cut it, to do so after it has completely cured. I noticed what looked like some green cut stems…it is my understanding this can let in rot? Or perhaps I am getting it confused with onions (and too lazy to look it up in my garden reference right now!).

  5. CoMo Homestead
    28 July 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Hey MT, I think you’re right. I let the bulbs cure for 2 weeks, but probably should have left them out for another week. I grew hardneck garlic which is generally either hung in bunches or stored with the tops cut off. Thanks for reminding me to make sure they’re fully cured.


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