Talkback: Harvesting garlic

Doesn't the smell just make you want to get cooking when you harvest garlic, Pippa? Same with onions and shallots. I have a slatted table so will do the same with mine. Thanks for the tip - I hadn't thought of that. No sign of rust here either and I believe it can be a scourge in some Bristol allotments.
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  • I've already harvested my Solent Wight garlic because unfortunately they didn't escape rust. However, despite being harvested early(I planted mine in modules in a coldframe in January) the bulbs are huge, much bigger than previous years and are now hanging from the roof of my shed to dry. I usually transplant my winter leeks into the bed vacated by the garlic, but are they likely to get rust too? If so, is there anything organic I can do to prevent this?
  • For the past two years I have had super garlic. this year - hopeless. Tiny bulbs that don't look much bigger than the cloves I originally planted. Any ideas anyone?
  • Similar problem to tinytuba tiny bulbs reddish look like very very very small onions
  • Some of my garlics have produced extra little bulbs on the stems. I'm going to plant them to see what happens. Any suggestions? I harvested my soft necks a month ago and they're huge. My hardnecks came up last week, not so big but very respectable. I'm impressed with how well they came through the winter. Despite snow and frozen ground, I didn't lose one and not a sign of rust. And they taste wonderful!
  • The link below gives a good explanation of what to do and what you can expect. I scatered the bulbils around the garden last Autumn with the intention of scaring off unwanted pests, but unfortunately this year I've pulled or hoed them out thinking they were pieces of weed/grass! Next time I'll plant them in a designated area!

    http://www.garlicfarm.ca/garlic-bulbils.htm
  • should I harvest my solent whites before they flower or doesn't that matter ?
    The tops are still green.
  • Still no real reply as to why my garlic bulbs came uo very small and red please help!
  • billbo did you let the frost get them i was told if they dont get frosted they stay a clove but if they get frosted in the ground they become a bunch of cloves so plant them at the start of winter and pick them in july you will find that shuld work ok joey
  • billbo did you let the frost get them i was told if they dont get frosted they stay a clove but if they get frosted in the ground they become a bunch of cloves so plant them at the start of winter and pick them in july you will find that shuld work ok joey i no i have allready menchend this but try it it worked for me
  • Hi this is the first time i have grown garlic, i cant remember when i planted them this year exactly but the stalks are brown and fallen does this mean they are ready to pull up or should i leave them for a little longer?
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