Harvesting, Curing and Storing Garlic
Garlic is a "long keeper". Properly "cured" and stored, you will be
enjoying home grown garlic all winter long.
When Garlic bulbs are mature, the plant turns brown, dies, and falls over.
Keep them in the garden for another 7-10 days, to allow them to begin dry.
To harvest the bulbs, loosen the soil around the bulb with a shovel or pitch
fork. Pull bulbs out of the soil. Now, clean off the bulb. It is okay to
rinse off dirt, although some sources suggest this is a "no-no."
How to Cure Garlic Bulbs:
Curing Garlic bulbs for long term storage is easy. It is important to dry
them well. Bulbs that have too much moisture, can mold and rot in long term
Allow clean bulbs to dry in the sun.
Spread them out on a flat surface, in full sun. Allow them to dry in the
sun for a few days, until the Garlic roots and the plant itself is a dry,
brown. If rain is in the forecast, cover them or bring them indoors, until
it is over.
Cut the tops off the Garlic, to about an inch from the bulb. Trim off dried
Or you can weave the stalks into a braid and hang them to dry and cure.
Now, continue to cure the Garlic bulbs.
Place bulbs loosely on a surface out of direct sunlight. The area should
be warm and well ventilated.
Cure bulbs for an additional 2 -3 weeks.
Dried bulbs are ready for long term storage.
May we suggest:
How to Harvest and Cure Onions- it's basically
the same process
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