It's not surprising that with all the heat this year, the garlic harvest is about 2 weeks earlier than usual.
|The garlic bed before harvesting|
When to harvest garlic is all about the visual cues rather than a set time on the calendar. Once the bottom two or three leaves are brown, that's my signal that it's time to harvest.
|Bottom two leaves have dried up|
Another cue comes from the leave tips, which should be starting to brown...check!
|Practically all of the tips are browning|
I could have waited another week or so to harvest but I decided that I had better take advantage of the couple of days of dry weather we've had. The water to the garlic bed was turned off about 3 weeks ago but I was getting a bit worried as it has been raining here consistently ever since then, practically every other day. In fact, just over a week ago I turned off the drip irrigation to the entire garden.