I began to plant my garlic crops back in November and thanks to the dry weather they’re ready for harvesting. As soon as the garlic plants begin to die back you need to stop watering; a dry spell can help cure the garlic giving you a better crop to lift up. The lower leaves have started to wither and turn brown, which is the sign I have been waiting for to tell me I need to harvest them.
Top Tip: If you harvest your garlic too soon it will result in small cloves that don’t store very well. I have found if you dig up a few bulbs and cut them in half you should find the cloves fill out to the skin. If they do then you can harvest the rest of your garlic.
Once you have lifted your garlic, leave the bulbs on the surface of the soil to dry for a day. If rain is forecast (hopefully it is) move the bulbs to a greenhouse or cold frame for a couple of days to dry instead.
I’m so happy to be finally harvesting, with all this dry weather I have been quite anxious about my plants. In Suffolk we have been getting spots of rain here and there, which has been wonderful, but I don’t think it’s enough to sustain the growth of my crops. A lot of the afternoons after work have been spent with me heading to the allotment to water and feed my plants. With all this work I hope they will yield a good crop.
In the next few weeks or so I will find out if all my hard work has paid off. Fingers crossed.