I love garlic. I use it in sauces and soups. I stirfry it with veggies and I put it in omelets and quiches. But I have never grown it before. Until this year. Last Fall I took the plunge and planted some. I didn’t order special garlic, I just used what we had.
Green shoots came up very quickly. Oh no, I thought..that is too early. Then we had a frost and the garlic shoots died back. I wasn’t sure I would ever see it again. So I was pleasantly surprised this Spring when more green shoots emerged.
They survived the construction of the new raised beds without getting stepped on too many times.
They grew bigger and bigger. Many people thought they were leeks, they grew so big.
By mid June the tips of the leaves started to turn brown.
That is supposed to happen. They grew scapes, which I removed so the plants could put their energy into making bulbs. When the leaves die back, I was told, they will be ready. Mid July usually.
Well mine looked ready today so I dug one up. The bulbs were big. I dug around the bulb, loosening the soil and pulled them up. It looked ready to me. So I dug up the rest of them.