I've never grown garlic before but my friend Hugh grows tons of it, enough that he can sell quite a bit to the local organic produce market, and still eat garlic every day, that's alot of garlic. He was very kind to give me some garlic last year, I planted the cloves in the fall....and it grew into nice large plants...if the size of the plant is any indication of the size of garlic then I should have some really large heads of garlic.
The garlic scape, if left alone, will turn into the flower, which I don't want. I want all the energy to go to the garlic, not to the flower, so I cut the scape, which is also edible.
I grilled it on the barbeque, not the best option, it was a little tough, next time it will be much better if I steam it or stir fry it, but it still tasted very good. With the garlic scapes, I grilled some zucchini and eggplant. I chopped the scapes, quarted some tomatoes, drizzled the whole thing with oilive oil and balsamic, sprinkled it with feta and with that a salad was made...delicious!