Harvesting Delicious Garlic Scapes In The Garden

Are we all ready to enjoy some delicious garlic scapes? So fun to look at and super flavorful, now is the time to harvest these curly scapes to maximize the potential of your garlic plants. Then, you can use them in the kitchen just as you would garlic cloves!

Ready To Go

Last fall, I planted a couple of different hardneck varieties of garlic (Music and Russian Red), which do best in cold climates. As you can see from my garlic patch this spring, my garlic handled the winter really well!

garlic scapes

While the garlic bulbs themselves aren’t quite ready for harvest, my plants have beautiful scapes ready to harvest.

I love garlic scapes. They’re one of my favorite things to buy at my local farmer’s market, so I’m excited to have them in my garden for the first time this year.


The garlic plant will send up a stalk or scape around the summer solstice in June. Let the scape curl one or two times into a ring, and then cut it at the base (where it emerges from the stem of the garlic plant).

garlic scapes

When the scapes curl, you know the actual garlic cloves growing beneath the ground are about a month or so away from harvest. Cutting the scapes allows the plant to put all of its energy into fully developing the bulbs.

To The Kitchen!

While you wait for the cloves to fully mature, enjoy your beautiful scapes in my favorite pesto recipe, garlic scape pesto!

garlic scapes

EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve been replacing the arugula in the garlic scape pesto recipe with spinach lately and have been really digging it. Bon appetite!

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Catherine is a Canadian award-winning journalist who worked as a reporter and news anchor in Montreal’s radio and television scene for 10 years. A graduate of Concordia University, she left the hustle and bustle of the business after starting a family. Now, she’s the editor and a writer for Garden Culture Magazine while also enjoying being a mom to her three young kids. Her interests include great food, gardening, fitness, animals, and anything outdoors.