How to Dry, Braid and Hang Garlic…
This was the first year I attempted to grow garlic. And I have to say the planting part is so simple. You literally just pick off the cloves and plant them in the ground. Growing and harvesting garlic is similar to that of onions. Unlike onions you don’t wait until all the leaves are brown to harvest. Once the garlic has reached maturity simply stop watering. Then when the leaves are somewhat dry (but not all the way browned) dig them out of the ground. You can also pluck them out of the ground and allow them to dry in the sun for a few days. Now it is time to braid the garlic together so that you can hang it and allow it to air dry.
My dad taught me how to braid the garlic and it was then that I realized my farmer dad knows how to do a french braid. So all you mothers out there with daughter with long hair you already know how to make a garlic braid!
START by laying out all your garlic bulbs…
Then take 3 garlic bulbs and braid like you would normally braid 3 pieces.
To add in the 4th garlic bulb simply combine the leaves of the new bulb with the next bulb that was going to be braided.
Do the same with the 5th bulb.
Keep repeating until all the bulbs have been incorporated.
Once all the bulbs are braided together, keep braiding the leaves. When you get to the end tie them off.
Now your braid is ready to be hung.
*Tip: If you want a really neat looking braid with all the garlic bulbs close together just braid the garlic as tight as you can (as close to the bulb as possible). I think with practice my braids will get tighter and neater looking. But I’m happy with my first garlic braid.