I know this is a silly question for the old timers, but...I live in zone 9
and planted mine (the garlic) in the fall since we have very warm
winters-never even a light freeze-now I have no idea when I should harvest
Are there signs I look for when it is ready?
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In our version of zone 9 (AZ Desert), the best time is when there are
still about three green leaf blades on the plant. Each leaf blade
represents a wrapper around the bulb and if you wait until all of the
leaves turn brown there is nothing to hold the blades together. In our
region, this usually happens in May for true garlic (early June for
elephant garlic) if the cloves (or rounds) are planted in October.
I "assume" that you know to cut the scapes off.
I harvest mine when the majority of the leaves are brown. I clean them
off and hang them upside down in a cool dry place with good
ventilation for a week or two and then cut the stems off and store.
Typically in New York zone 5 a/b (Mid-Hudson Valley) that's in late
June or early July. I have no clue when it would be for zone 9
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