Home Farm 2020 Garlic Awards – our first harvest

by Mars

The bottom few leaves of our garlic turned yellow a couple of weeks ago, so we headed down the field with a wheelbarrow and pitch fork to harvest garlic for the first time, and to dish out the Home Farm 2020 Garlic Awards.

Back in October 2019, which seems like an eternity ago, we planted three varieties of garlic:

  • Thermidrome: 23
  • Dario: 32
  • Germidore: 22

Based on our harvest, we have collected:

  • Thermidrome: 18
  • Dario: 19
  • Germidore: 17
2020 garlic awards

Now that they have been harvested we left them to dry in our open garage for a few weeks.

In the days ahead, we’re going to cut off the leaves, brush off the remaining dirt and store them in a cool, dry, dark place.

We’re hoping that we have enough garlic now to see us through the next six months. Very exciting.


cathysrealcountrygardencom 21 August 2020 - 10:11

You can never have too much garlic and it keeps all year!

Mars 21 August 2020 - 15:09

Couldn’t agree more. I suspect we only have a six month supply because we eat a lot of garlic, but we’ll try and grow a year’s supply next year now that we know how to do it.

kutukamus 24 August 2020 - 19:08

A year supply? Really, we can keep/store garlic that long? (Sorry, I know nothing about plants)
Sounds great, nevertheless. Cheers!

Mars 24 August 2020 - 21:46

Thanks for the feedback and comment Kutukamus. We’re learning a lot along the way. Garlic, onions and potatoes can be stored for a year, if they are dried, cured and stored properly.

Jasper 23 August 2020 - 02:48

We take 25% of the harvest and put the cloves back in the ground late in the fall. The gives us about the same harvest a year later. To increase our harvest we do with a bit less for eating and put more in the ground. That’s the real beauty of gardening.

Mars 23 August 2020 - 07:49

That’s a great tip Jasper. Thank you.

I think we’ll follow your 25% advice, and this way we won’t have to buy bulbs again either. Real sustainability.

Eddy Winko 5 September 2020 - 07:26

That’s a good harvest, I must try harder 🙂

The 2021 vegetable garden plan » My Home Farm 17 February 2021 - 16:11

[…] still have bags and bags of potatoes left, a few pumpkins and the garlic reserves are still going strong. This year, we want to repeat our garlic and potato haul, and we […]

Ralph Brunjes 17 February 2021 - 22:05

It may seem a daft thing to say ,but the garden fork that you are useing is it an edging or a lady’s fork?
The reason that I am asking is it seems that with your height you are bending too much and could do with a longer handle.
Just a thought to save your back.
I have a lady’s fork for certain things but being 6′ 2″ myself I have learnt the hard way.

Mars 18 February 2021 - 10:13

A very perceptive observation Ralph. The garden fork I was using belonged to my wife’s late grandfather. He was a short, stocky Yorkshireman, and for him this would have been a good sized fork. The reason I used this fork is because I wanted a compact, narrow tool to unearth the garlic and not damage surrounding heads of garlic. Like you, I’m quite tall at 6’1″, and have other larger and longer forks.

Ralph Brunjes 18 February 2021 - 20:42

They are also good if recently like me most of the discs in my back are shot plus my MS , but I now use raised beds because of this.

Mars 19 February 2021 - 09:35

A great point. Raised beds are so much more comfortable to work on.


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