The main two events in the garlic year are planting (anytime from October to December) and harvesting (early July). We plant 3 varieties, hard neck, soft neck, and elephant. Each have their strengths. In the next few years we will be giving each variety their own names as they will have become selected specifically for our location here. Every year we choose the best to replant. The best being based on how well they store, the size of the garlic, and disease resistance.
After harvest the garlic is hung to dry in our loft and later roots are trimmed off them. They must be handled gently as any bruising will destroy their ability to store.
Once garlic is dry we take it down and store it in a relatively cool and dark place (not too cool or it will sprout (40-55 degrees F)).
Some of the added benefits of growing our own garlic is that we have access to parts that are usually thrown away such as garlic scapes (garlic flowers), and the discarded garlic roots, which we patiently wait for all year, which then takes up its magical place in our Munanso.