Gardens - Fruit & Vegetable Gardening

Planting and harvesting garlic

Katharine Fletcher
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Follow this step-by-step guide that takes you through the growing process from clove to bulb.


7. Scapes will appear in early July
Yum! Scapes are the garlic’s stalk and flower bud. Gather them before they harden to steam or stir fry. Cutting scapes allows the root’s vigour to concentrate upon producing chubby garlic bulbs.

Want to gather and plant seeds? Leave the scape on; let the flower bud form seeds. The resulting garlic bulb won’t be harvestable, but seeds can be gathered when the plant is completely dried (end of August or so). Tip: Garlic grown from seed won’t produce decent-sized bulbs for eating for a few seasons.

Photo by Eric Fletcher


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