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Harvest bulbs: Once leaves begin to die, garlic is ready to be harvested. This usually occurs in June or early July. Gently brush off dirt, do not wash. Immediately remove from the sun.
Dry bulbs: Tie garlic in bundles of 6-10 and hang in a shaded and dry space. Leave to dry for 4-6 weeks. After bulbs are thoroughly dry, cut off roots and cut stalks about an inch and a half above bulb.
Store bulbs: Store dried bulbs in netted bags and hang in an area with 45-55 percent humidity that is about 50-70 degrees F.
Garlic is usually reproduced from bulbs, not seed. Below are instructions for selecting and saving healthy bulbs.
For best results, plant garlic in October after the first light frost. Garlic prefers soil with a pH of 6.5 that is loose and nutritious. The largest cloves will give rise to the largest bulbs. Do not separate cloves from the bulb until you are ready to plant. Ensure that you plant cloves with roots facing down. Cut "scapes", the stems that form as garlic matures, after they are 10" long, as they will inhibit bulb growth if allowed to continue growing.
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