We are sooo excited. The stalks are fat and sturdy and now is the time for the bulbs to put all of their energy into growing. Our bulbs are really healthy because of the rich soil and clean air here in Northeast Iowa. We finished taking off the scapes (blooms) from the hardnecks and now can relax for about 3 weeks until it is time to harvest. They like to be harvested in July, usually the hottest day of the year! ha ha
We hang them in our shed and create a large dehydrator of sorts with fans in the wall and large fans blowing on the bulbs. We also have a screen that fits over the opening of the overhead door so the garlic is protected from birds, bats and critters. We prefer this over those who dry their garlic in open barns where the bulbs can get poo on them. Ours never will so you can safely eat our garlic.
So, look funny! Act funny! And maybe, just maybe smell funny!