The many harvests of perennial garlic

Reboging a post from Mortal Tree about harvesting the bulbils of garlic rather than the bulbs found below the soil. Recently he showed us this in our own garden. I was very curious and added the little tender bulbils to sauteed day lily buds and chopped welsh onion, which I then served over grilled chicken. We hastily devoured this delicious meal!

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Mortal Tree

The luscious bulbs of garlic (Allium sativum) are all the rage. But planted in fall into as fertile of soil possible only to be dug up in June-July, they’re essentially a vegetatively propagated annual. You might be surprised how much garlic yields to those who refuse to bow down and grub for bulbs and rather harvest the topside of garlic as a perennial.


From year one to twenty of leaving a garlic bulb in the soil, the harvest is about the same. In early spring, tender shoots rise from the soil that can be snapped off, and sautéed, or the like. Snapping them like this leaves the root intact. A sprout grows up from that portion of the root, replacing the harvested sprout in short order. This gives you opportunity for another harvest sooner.

Green garlic goes on until about the end of May for me, when the days lengthen…

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