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Garlic harvest with goats

Recently harvested garlic

Goat in the garlicWhen the garlic plants are no longer lush and beautiful, it's time to think about harvesting. (You can see all of my tips on when to harvest garlic here.)

This year, Aurora and Edgar "helped" me with the harvest. Apparently, garlic leaves are a good garnish after a morning spent grazing on clover and plantain. I guess I should have tethered the herd just a little further out of reach....

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Pulled my garlic about a week ago only to discover it did not clove. According to my search on the internet, I am assuming that the warmer temps this winter is the culprit. Any suggestions as to how to avoid this from happening in the future?
Comment by Karen Thu Jun 15 13:43:04 2017
Karen --- If the heads are big but they look like an onion --- one big bulb instead of individual cloves --- then you've simply harvested too early. It's not until the last month or so that a garlic bulb breaks apart into smaller cloves (in preparation for reproducing).
Comment by anna Fri Jun 16 15:46:15 2017

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