How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Harvesting and storing onions
and garlic

Onions and garlic are ready to harvest when the tops bend to the ground, become dry, or in the case of garlic, the cloves begin to separate in the bulb. Garlic and onions take about 120 days or more to mature. Both garlic and onions need to cure before being stored. They may be dug and left in the garden to dry. Protect the bulbs from sunburn by covering them with the tops of other plants. Onions can also be placed in burlap bags and left outside to dry naturally. Garlic, in small quantities, may be braided and hung to cure that way.

Onion
Dig bulbs and leave in the garden to dry


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