I read on the internet, at two separate sources, that I should wait and harvest the garlic when 30-50% of the leaves had turned brown.
So I waited...
And waited.... (against my better judgement)
And some long tubular projections appeared and I discovered that garlic scapes come fromg garlic! Then those long projections turned to flowers!
Then most of the leaves turned brown.
Still I waited because my husband said that a guy at the Farmer's Market said not to pick the garlic until August.
Every now and again, I'd weaken and pull a garlic plant up out of the ground and discover a teensy weensy little head of garlic on the end.
I discussed the conundrum with my neighbour, Iain, and he and I decided I should prune off the flowers so that they don't sap the energy from the garlic bulbs. I pruned the flowers off all but two rows (about 10 plants), so later we could compare the results.
Then in early July, I went outside one evening and all the leaves were brown. So I harvested all my garlic. The bulbs are small, but I feel I had no other choice. The plants that had the flowers still on them had miniscule garlic bulbs, so we did the right thing cutting off the flowers.
Last time I planted garlic, it must have been soft-neck garlic because I braided the leaves and hung it up that way.
This garlic had really tough and inflexible stems, so I used zippy-ties to bundled it and then hung it on a dowel I bridged across a ladder in the garage.
And when I harvested, I left about six plants. I will pull those up in August, just to see if I jumped the gun on this one. I tend to do that.
~Miss Greenish Thumb~