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12 years 4 months ago #29742 by Hasbeen
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By my reckoning it should be about 20 days before I harvest the garlic.
Trouble is it looks ready now.
The lower leaves are drying off.
This season is all to pot.
Has anyone else got their garlic jumping the gun?

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12 years 4 months ago #402866 by kaybe
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Hasbeen, glad you brought this up! I planted some elephant garlic earlier in the year without knowing anything about when or how to harvest, lol. So I'm looking forward to the answers!

Tomorrow is the day I will stop procrastinating.

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12 years 4 months ago #402869 by railview
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Mine too have been turning yellowish. I was wondering whether I should continue watering them or leave them to dry out ?

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12 years 4 months ago #402874 by muri
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Garlic does tend to do this as it reaches maturity and there is no reason to stick to the hard and fast rule of 'plant on the shortest day and harvest on the longest'. I always plant well before the shortest day as garlic does well with cold conditions. I would be pulling up a plant to see what it is like at the bulb, as it is the bulb that you are concerned with and not the top of the plant that you are harvesting.
If the garlic bulb looks good, I dont see any reason to leave it in the ground if its ready.

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12 years 4 months ago #402886 by Organix
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We'll be harvesting our garlic in late January or February, based on lunar calender. Though, judging from what we saw on a trip to BOP and Auckland we are getting far more rain than King Country north though. Our sheep are drowning in grass [:0]

The main indication is whether the bulb skin has turned papery. Pull one and see. If the skin is still thick leave them for a month.

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12 years 4 months ago #403555 by The Gardna
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..all garlic starts to yellow at the base right now. The plant is sending all the energy it made in the leaves and is in the process of sending it down to the bulb for storage. The plants are not so interested in making leaf..still doing some ..but for the next TWO months its all about bulb expansion.

Soooooooooo wait as long as possible...until the tops have died down to very brown indicating all the energy is out of the leaf and down in the bulb,

I still keep up the watering . The water you (or rain )supplies..plus all the goodies from the leaf are whats needed for big bulbs.Dont underestimate the need for water from now until picking. It doesnt effect keeping quality either

Yesterday I massacred three young baby bulbs to make the first pesto. I am in Whakatane and reckon they (garlic) are about half way done. Ill pull em all about mid Feb and plant brassica seedlings started in Jan imediately on harvest day

Def agree with not following the "plant shortest ..harvest longest" rule from Europe. I plant May 1 and always have HUGE crops...mainly cos of the water thing

Leave them in as long as possible

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12 years 4 months ago #403560 by shad297
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This is all good info for us. We first grew a bumper crop 2 years ago and didn't harvest until Feb and they were great. Last year we planted in large rectangle pots, not so good. This year we have gone back to the ground and although the leaves are yellowing (husband thinks they are dying) I think they will be fine, but will probably wait until Feb. I might pull one in a month and see though.
Saw some lovely new season ones in Pak n Save this week, I think $22 per kg, which I don't mind paying as they are NZ grown and I only buy 2 -3 bulbs at a time.

Husband, two teenagers, Stanley & Jed the greyhounds, one quail (Hawkefrost), one budgie (Chaos) small productive surburban section.

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12 years 4 months ago #403595 by Organix
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The optimum is when the outer covering 'skin' is paper thin. Thicker than that and they will retain too much moisture for good keeping, but leave them in too long and the skin breaks resulting in loose outer cloves which dry out and don't keep well either.

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