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Old 07-18-2016, 02:08 AM   #1
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Cultivating Garlic

I live in Indianapolis (Zone 5)

I planted garlic last fall and I'm just now digging it up. I've wiped all the dirt I can off the bulbs and I've got them resting outside on a wicker basket to help them dry.

Is there any time frame for letting them dry or age, or are they ok to use in cooking as soon as they come out of the ground?

Is there anything else I'm missing that I need to do before using these in cooking?

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Old 07-18-2016, 03:00 AM   #2
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Both blissful and bethzaring grow garlic in large quantities. If they don't happen upon this thread, you could always send PMs asking for help. If my memory isn't totally shot, we also have a member who grows it for retail - can't remember who, though, IF they exist.
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Old 07-18-2016, 07:48 AM   #3
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I grew garlic for years before finally giving up my garden. You can certainly eat garlic right out of the garden, but the drying (or curing) process helps it keep for much longer by eliminating the moisture than can cause spoilage.

When you dig up the bulbs, give them a quick wash them to remove any excess dirt (you don't have to be too fastidious. Just lightly use a vegetable brush under running water) and then hang them up in the basement to dry for 2-4 weeks, or until the skin is papery. Then you can remove most of the stalk and roots for storage.
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Old 07-18-2016, 08:05 AM   #4
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I put mine in a mesh bag hanging in the kitchen (basements are rare here). I have a lot of garlic left from DH's teacher retreat trip, so I'll just let it hang out till I need it.

I don't wash it. I just brush the dirt off. As it dries, another layer or two of the papery covering will come off and then they're clean enough.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:16 AM   #5
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Curing

Curing the garlic. Why cure it? If it is cured (dried) it will last many more months than uncured garlic. How do we cure it? We harvest the garlic, bundle it, tying it with twine, power wash it, label it, and we hang it in a spot that is not in the sun, and where it will not get wet from the rain. We cure ours outside, in the wind. Curing takes about 4-5 weeks. If you don't cure it can become moldy and unusable. The paper holding the bulb will dry, the top of the garlic stem will close off. Then we cut the stems, where they are closed, and put them in labelled storage, dry conditions with ventilation (we use fans). During the curing process, moisture evaporates, the garlic loses weight compared to freshly dug garlic. You can eat uncured and cured garlic, the cured garlic just lasts longer in storage.
from -- Joy's Garlic
We've also dried it hanging in the garage with fans, which works but the aroma is pretty strong!
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Old 07-29-2016, 01:23 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tips. It looks like this will be difficult to mess up. :)

Also, if I want to replant this fall will I have any issues?
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Old 07-29-2016, 06:15 AM   #7
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I actually dry/ cure mine ( along with the onions) on top of the air conditioning fan outside, which is constantly blowing warm air. Ive done this for years and it works great.

I plant every fall ( around October), and harvest usually first week of July.
My bulbs are usually smaller than the commercial ones that I get in the store.

My biggest bulbs are the ones that were left in the ground by accident when harvesting, and come up the following year
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:12 PM   #8
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You can replant in October or in the fall. I can't see any issues. Check them all for mites, we've never had a mite problem but I wouldn't want to introduce the problem into the soil with mite infested garlic. If you can replant in a soil that hasn't seen garlic in the past year, not a bad idea if you have the space. Replenish the soil with composted manure if you have it. Garlic uses a lot of nitrogen. I've had years of so-so size on garlic, and then if the weather cooperates, really nice big bulbs too. Last year was a banner year for us. Enough water and sunshine at the right times.
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I actually dry/ cure mine ( along with the onions) on top of the air conditioning fan outside, which is constantly blowing warm air. Ive done this for years and it works great.

I plant every fall ( around October), and harvest usually first week of July.
My bulbs are usually smaller than the commercial ones that I get in the store.

My biggest bulbs are the ones that were left in the ground by accident when harvesting, and come up the following year
Here I was wondering if a dehydrator set on low would do the trick when I came across your post. You just saved me from making my entire house smell like garlic lol
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