About now, mid-July here in southern New England, comes time to harvest the garlic. When the outer leaves have turned brown and withered, leaving SIX green leaves, it is time to pull them up. Loosen the earth gently with a pitchfork if your soil is not totally fluffy.
Then lay your garlic out on the lawn and spray with the garden hose to clean the soil from the roots.
Now you can hang some of the bulbs on the porch or in the kitchen for immediate consumption.
Hang the rest of the garlic in a dry location with good air circulation. A barn or an attic is fine.