Good thing I ran into my friend at the library the other day to answer my garlic questions. I had bought a few pounds of garlic from her last fall and planted about 50 cloves. After seeing the chickens digging around the area I had planted and wondering if the soil was any good, I really didn't have very high hopes.
But grow they did! They added beautiful greenery to the garden in spring when it is still looking pretty brown and then in June we enjoyed the delicious garlic scapes we cut from each plant.
Lately I have noticing the bottom leaves dyeing off and started to wonder when it is time to pull.
I asked my friend how to tell when it is time and she said when there are about 5 good green leaves left on the stem (the bottom ones start to die off - which mine were).
Today after I pulled the first one, I nearly cried - tears of joy, of course!
A beautiful, good sized head of garlic!
So now they are drying on our porch and we will wash and peel the outer layer in a couple of days so that they will keep well.
We have about 50 heads and will use the largest cloves to plant in October.
We will be buying more garlic from my friend again this fall and plan on planting 200 cloves all together.
In addition to supplying our family's year-long needs, I think braided garlic would make great Christmas gifts.