Have dug up my garlic bulbs, am now trying to cure them. After reading both Margaret’s articles on the site about growing and curing garlic, am still not sure about the curing process: what is the ultimate goal–how will I know it is “cured”? Also, am not sure I have it in the ideal spot–currently it is on a screen in my garage, which is left open most days, but could get quite warm (80-90 degrees), and humid. Should I put it in my basement instead? I live in Southcentral PA. Help!–Kathy A.
80-90 degrees sounds like a good temperature. To help with the humidity you should run a fan. I would guess that your basement would not be as good an environment for the curing as the garage because basements are usually cool and have little airflow. At 80 degrees with a breeze or fan going, the heads should take about two weeks to cure.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.