I harvested my garlic in July but I totally forgot to blog about it – better late than never! Garlic should be harvested when at least the lower green leaves turn brown but not more than half of the green leaves.
A lot of people put their garlic in their house or in their garage to cure, but it can really stink up the house. I usually put them in a warm, dry and shady spot outside. Also, I put the onions on a rack so they get good air circulation. It is time to bring the garlic sometime around two weeks. When the garlic is cured, it will have a papery skin on the outside and the green neck will wither. Once they are cured, I trim the neck about an inch above the garlic and trim the roots close to the bottom.
I am storing them on a moveable rack in the basement where it is cool and dark with my onions and shallots. When I stack them, I put a piece of burlap in between. When winter sets in and our heater turns on, I will have to move them to the garage.