We learned a little about garlic scapes today. Scapes are the seed bud that grows on garlic. Many gardeners break them off and add them to the compost. You remove them because you want all the energy to go to the bulb. However, it turns out, they are quite yummy to cook with...especially if you want to add a hint of garlic to your dish. Scapes freeze pretty well, too so you can save some.
You will know your garlic is ready to harvest when about half a dozen leaves are turning brown. Start by pulling up just one or two plants. If the cloves are still small and wrapped in many layers, they need a little more time. If the bulbs are beggining to split, they have been left in too long. So picky! But when they look like the garlic pictured on the left, they are JUST right! Delicious!