Books and mags tell me to dig up the garlic when the tips of the shoots turn brown. Well, some were ready, some seem too tiny, so I dug up about one third yesterday. Still, the first time in ten years of trying that I actually got "many" (i.e. more than one) garlic shoots from cloves from half a dozen bulbs! And, lo, the shallots are not shallots but baby brown onions, and they are not even the ones with tall flowers from yesterday.