When to Harvest Onions and Garlic

Discussion in 'Herbs' started by rabbithutch, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last October, I reached for a head of garlic for cooking and found the ones I had were getting a bit dried out. I took the best head remaining (after I minced what I needed from a different one) and broke the cloves apart. I then stuck then in a large clay pot using the old '3 times the size for depth' rule of thumb. To my surprise, every one of them sprouted. I don't know how long it takes them to mature; so I don't know when to dig them up. I don't want to dig them too early and waste them. I read somewhere that you wait for the tops to turn brown and wilt then harvest them.

    At the same time, I took a 10-15 sweet onion that was sprouting in the bin and broke it into its natural divisions and planted them in a clay pot. I remember noting that this was on the 17th. This variety was developed at Texas A&M (I think) and was named for the date on which sets should be planted, but I don't know when to harvest. I have several that sprouted and have now shot flowers or seeds or whatever the pods are called. When should I dig them up?

    TIA
     
  2. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    [​IMG]  Howdy Rabbit!  Been Missing ya!  Anyhoo...I am in too...planted some onions this week. 

    Kat
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    RH, morning...  Hardneck garlic....  The lower leaves will start to turn brown....  I will dig when there are 4 good green leaves... usually in July...  Peel the outer skins, on the garlic head, down to the 4 green layers and hang to dry...  leave the roots and green stems intact.... that aids in drying....  Onions.....  When the onion starts swell and has 9-14 leaves, turn off  the water... in a week or three, dig and dry..... 

    There is good info in this link.....   Dave

    http://www.dixondalefarms.com/nlpage
     
  4. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thank you DaveO....this is my 1st attempt at onions.....will remember this!  Have heard they taste better "home grown".

    Kat
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kat, I have found that to be true.... all veggies taste better.... especially asparagus....   Which reminds me.... It's time to wander the fence rows for wild asparagus...  I'll get pics when I do....     Dave
     
  6. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Dave!

    Sorry to be so long in responding. Haven't been able to put in as much time on forums lately, but I really do appreciate the response.
     

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