Garlic

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  1. Miry

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    I have pulled my garlic out as all the leaves were turning brown. I have them hanging in the garage. How long do I need to dry them? Thanks
     

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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    You should let them cure until all green colour is gone, about 2 weeks is what most sources say. In a dry place like a garage it won't hurt to leave them longer. I don't keep track of the duration myself but have been getting good results anyway. My garlic harvested last year is still in good shape now. I think that storage conditions are more important than length of curing period.
     
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    I was wondering how you store your garlic. I know that in spring my garlic all became soft. I had bought braided garlic from the market and I had to throw it out as it too became soft.
     
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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    I just place the cured garlic bulbs in a wooden tray with a screen bottom and store it in my unheated basement. All of my garlic last year was the soft neck variety and was planted in late winter (Feb/Mar). When I bought some hard neck types this year for experimentation, I noticed that my garlic was in better shape than most of what I found at farmer's markets. So its possible that soft neck garlic stores better than hard neck (just checked on the Web; and that seems to be the consensus).
     
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    The reason that grocery stores for years only sold soft neck garlic was its better keeping qualities. For me it is inferior to the hardneck. I have grown "Russian Red" for years . It keeps from July through March properly stored.
     

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