My garlic: Is it nearing harvest?

jenn(SoCal 9/19)August 30, 2011

I planted this garlic early this year. This is my first time growing garlic and I'm having trouble finding any photos or descriptions that look like mine. Does this look like it's about ready for harvest? If not, then what are the signs it's ready?

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wolverine1012

That sure looks like garlic chives whose leaves can be harvested anytime, but you don't uproot the entire plant like you would a garlic bulb. There is a small bulb on the bottom, but typically you only harvest the leaves.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 11:12AM
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rhubarb_stalker(Z5b Western MA)

If I were you, I'd cut off the flowers before the seeds start dropping. You'd be surprised at how prolific one garlic chive plant can be.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 4:55PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Thank you! I found part of the plant tag which broke, and the piece I found says "Garlic"; guess the part that says "Chives" is still in the ground, LOL. So, it's a perennial herb like regular chives! I'll cut the flowers soon before the go to seed... I'll give the bees a chance to feast on them first.

Thank you again!

Jen

    Bookmark   August 31, 2011 at 10:45PM
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wolverine1012

It's a perennial herb but more like mint. Unless you keep it controlled it will take over your herb garden. Be sure to keep those flowers trimmed before they seed.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2011 at 7:40PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

wolverine: As long as I don't let it go to seed, it doesn't otherwise spread in the same way mint does, does it?

    Bookmark   September 2, 2011 at 7:34PM
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wolverine1012

Mint spreads by root; garlic chives by seed. We have both regular chives and garlic chives. Both have been allowed to seed, but only the garlic chives seem to be so prolific. Once the seeds scatter and they sprout, the plants are almost impossible to kill.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2011 at 10:10PM
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