Harvesting elephant garlic - Knowledgebase Question

Roslyn, Ne
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Question by shanisam
June 30, 2010
When are elephant garlic ready to be harvested in Roslyn, NY 11576. Some are bent over and some are still standing straight and tall with lots of leaves.
Thank you.

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010
Is it possible that some of your garlic were knocked over by wind, rain, galloping pets, etc.? It's still early for harvest. When flower heads develop, cut them off. This forces more nutrients into the root to develop larger garlic cloves. When foliage begins to turn yellow and dry out later in summer, stop watering. Press any foliage over towards the ground. Let the foliage completely dry out and then dig the garlic. Clean the dirt off completely and let them continue drying if necessary, in a shaded location. Enjoy that garlic!

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