Last year was my first time growing garlic. I let the plants die back and then dug up half of them, only to find that the bulbs hadn’t finished maturing and I only had small whole garlic bulbs (i.e. no cloves on the bulbs). The summer was not a great one weather-wise, and the second half of the garlic died off completely and the green rotted before I could dig out their bulbs. I figured they would rot into the garden, so left them alone.
Then this winter, the garlic that was left behind started sprouting, so I let them grow, not expecting much. They kept growing though, and by the end of June we could see some of the bulbs pushing out of the ground. So once the top leaves started to die back, I pulled them.
I’m quite pleased with this little harvest, and can’t wait to plant a bigger crop next year!