How to judge the readiness of garlic, by Charles Dowding

Jeremie LitzlerLess than 1 minuteGardeningCharles DowdingNo DigGarlic

Sprouting garlic
Sprouting garlic

Credits: George Hodan on publicdomainpictures.netopen in new window

Thanks to Charles Dowding for sharing his wisdom and knowledge! I wrote the following notes watching the video published on Charles Dowding’s channel. You can watch it using this YouTube linkopen in new window.


  • Use your fingers to clear the soil around the garlic head and see if it is well formed.
  • If you can feel the cloves, then it is ready to harvest.