When should I harvest garlic?

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When should I harvest garlic?

Answer: 

Harvest garlic when the foliage begins to dry.  In Iowa, garlic is usually harvested in August or September.  Carefully dig the bulbs with a garden fork or shovel.  Dry the garlic in a warm, dry, well-ventilated location.  Place the garlic on an elevated wire screen or slotted tray to promote drying.  When the tops have dried, cut off the dry foliage 1 inch above the bulbs.  Also, trim off the roots and brush off any loose soil.  Place the bulbs in a mesh bag or open crate and store in a cool (32 to 40°F), dry (65 to 70 percent relative humidity) area.  Garlic can be stored for 3 to 6 months if properly dried and stored.  An alternate way to store garlic is to braid the foliage together immediately after harvest, dry, and then hang the braided garlic in a cool, dry location.  

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