The garlic in plots 14 and 17 looked horrendously ill with what I believed was basal rot, but the rest of the garlic (as you can see) is looking quite awesome. There are still two plots to be harvested and hung up for drying, which we can finish on Friday.
To harvest garlic:
(When I googled this, I got a few mixed results. One website suggested that there is only a 3-7 day window in which you can harvest your garlic properly- NO idea if this is true, but in any case…)
When the lower leaves are yellowing, just check if it’s ready! take a pitchfork and sink it about half a foot away from the stem, and lift the entire clod of dirt up (while gripping the garlic). If you have clay soil like ours, you will have to take off heavy clumps of soil- if the bulb is swollen, firm, has a protective skin and looks happy, you can braid it or hang it in bundles up to dry. Apparently garlic gets sunburnt so don’t leave it outside. Also, if you scrape or damage the garlic, it probably won’t store well… just eat it!