This is my second year growing hardnecks. Last year I pulled the garlic at the very end of July. I left the roots and leaves on, shook off as much dirt as I could, tied them into bunches and hung them in the basement to dry (we run a dehumidifier down there during the warmer months). Once they were dried out, I trimmed the leaves and roots and put aside my planting stock. The stuff we were going to eat stayed in the basement until we started running the pellet stove, and then they went into heavy paper bags that were stored in a drawer in the fridge set to low humidity. We just used the last of it in May. I'll probably repeat the process this year.