I mentioned in this thread a couple weeks ago (https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/vi ... =4&t=53212) that my bed of Inchelium Red had been trampled and was wondering whether I should pull them or not after the "damage" done. Thanks to the feedback I got, I left them in the ground, and they haven't shown any obvious signs of distress.
That comes to my question for today: Is it OK to harvest garlic after a good rain?
In checking my Inchelium Red on Friday afternoon, I figured I'd harvest it this past weekend, since it showed all the signs of being ready to be pulled. Being the weather geek that I am, I checked the forecast guidance and determined I should be able to pull it on Saturday morning, what with a 40% chance of showers and storms that day. Lo and behold, we instead got about 1.5" of rain that started just as I woke up. Needeless to say, I didn't pull them whn I had intended.
So...what's the "rule" on harvesting garlic after a good rain? We've had a pretty wet spring/early summer so far, and while the soil is quite damp, it's not waterlogged, even after the dumping on Saturday. With high humidity and a chance of storms over the next couple days, is it better to pull them from the damp ground now, or should I wait to see if it dries out a bit and then pull it? I'm in no rush, but I don't want to leave the garlic in the ground too long and chance them becoming more usceptible to rot later on if i can help it.