When is Garlic Ready to Harvest?

Garlic is ready for harvest when many of the spiky long leaves begin to turn brown. This happens here in the Midwest at the end of June or beginning of July. For me on this happy independence day, I am rewarded with a great harvest of fresh hard neck and soft neck garlic. I will clean away the dirt and allow the garlic to dry and store it until I need it. I can save out a few of the largest bulbs to plant in the fall and begin the cycle again.