Hi all, I haven't grew garlic until this now so don't really know when to lift. I've read you can lift June/July but when is it too early. The thing is mine has showed some signs of leaf yellowing but nothing major, however I have come out today to find the majority are flat to the ground. My wife said it would be a cat has sat on it haha! Would have to be a very big cat! You can see on some plantings that there are some good sized bulbs poking through. Is anyone else thinking of lifting now, I know this season seems to be a bit ahead of itself, even my autumn rasps are in flower!


  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Moggy - funny you should post this today. This morning I asked the very same question here: (no answer yet but worth you keeping an eye in in case someone comes up with something).

    While I don't think mine are cat related I am wondering if they're linked to big feet!

  • Haha!

    Not just me then, son think it could be big feet on mine as I've got my veg garden gated off in my garden to keep little people helping with digging when I'm not there. Thanks for the link
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    I would just pull a garlic as and when you need one. 'Green' or new season garlic is delicious.

    The remainder I would leave until the roots have let go and then lay the garlic out in the sun to dry off.  Like onions.

  • Thanks welshonion that sounds sensible
  • meganzqnmeganzqn Posts: 10

    Hello Moggy, depending on the variety of garlic that you've planted, there can be a window of between six to eight weeks that your garlic can be harvested. I use a combination of factors - when there are at least 4-6 leaves still green (bearing in mind that each green leaf is a bulb wrapper); when the bulbs have clearly defined cloves (gently scrape away the dirt to check on the progress of the bulb and cover up again until it's ready) and/or if they're hardnecks, when the scapes unfurl plus the above. If that's all too much trouble, then as welshonion suggests, just lift one and use it as green garlicimage I'd be wary of leaving your harvested garlic in the sun for too long, the bulbs can get sunburnt and won't keep as well. Here's a link to a good site with a guide to the harvesting order of the various garlic varieties

    my garlic has only just started to emerge - two of the early harvesting Turbans have shoots about 3" long just peeping out from under their mulch of pea strawimage another long six month wait before anything will be ready to lift!

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Can someone tell me what the difference between soft and hard neck is? I planted Marco last year which I think is soft neck?

    I've hung mine underneath the wisteria to give them some protection from the sun while they dry. Hopefully they don't get sun burnt there!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,753

    Stuff about 'necks' here image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Thanks Dove. I didn't realise you could plant in modules - that would have been ideal for the very wet winter we had (though it doesn't seem to have affected them too much despite their spending 2 - 3 weeks completely submerged!)

    I shall try to resist planning this autumns clove of choice from the list just yet!image

  • FruitcakeFruitcake Posts: 810

    I planted some at the end of October last year. They are just starting to yellow. Impatience just got the better of me and I pulled one up. Not a fantastic size but there's definitely garlic on the end of it! 

    I shall wait another couple of weeks now at least 

  • Busy Bee2Busy Bee2 Posts: 1,005

    I have some that are in the same bed as the broccoli, and have been insect netted against the marauding hoardes of cabbage white butterflies - not that the garlic needs it, just its cellmates.  Anyway, I planted it last autumn, it's beginning to get a bit scruffy, as are the onions planted at the same time, but none of them has 'gone over' yet.  I'm thinking 'end of June' - does that sound right?  The onions are starting to sit proud of the bed, but the garlic isn't - does it not do that pushing upwards thing?  The necks are pretty bullish?


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