Once the tops of your garlic plants start to die back, you know it’s time to harvest. Most Homesteaders plant garlic in the fall and then sit back and wait. Growing garlic is an act of faith. As with most root vegetable, you won’t know how things are going until the moment of truth. At least potatoes let you peek around the edges and sneak a few baby potatoes early, and onions and radishes have the decency to poke their shoulders above ground
To harvest garlic, start preparing a few weeks early. When you see the leaves starting to decline, stop watering. Of course this is impossible if it rains, but do the best you can. This dry spell will help to cure the garlic.
Watch the video on the next page for a Homesteading guide for harvesting, curing, and storing garlic.