Many of my fellow bloggers have written about their garlic crops of late, but I am replying to a reader comment from my post titled “Keep The Vampires From Your Door!”
Well Toria, firstly I dried them out until the stalks were yellow and dry. This only took a week. As we have had so much rain this year, I had to pull the bulbs when some of the stalks were green, because I didn’t want them to rot in the ground, which you all would have seen in the original post.
Then I tied them up in bunches with some twine, and then strung up a piece of rope in the garage and hung the bunches over the rope. This will let them dry out a little longer, and then I can just cut them off as I need them.
However, I know that it gets really hot under the garage in summer, so in a couple of weeks, I will cut them all down, trim the roots and stalks off, lightly brush off any remaining dirt, and store them in the pantry on the floor in a big wicker basket so that there is plenty of air flow.
I found that using this method last year, the bulbs stored well into Autumn, when they began to sprout again. I knew it was then time to plant the next crop. I will keep the 5 biggest bulbs for next year to plant again, and use all the rest in cooking. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh garlic. Much better than that imported, tasteless crap that has been through hell and back to get to the supermarket.