You may remember the abundant garlic harvest I had a few weeks ago. I finally got around to braiding it. I love the way braided garlic looks plus I can hang it in our garage for the winter and it does just fine. Our garage is actually heated so it stays cool but doesn’t freeze.
Braiding garlic is not hard and if you have any experience with braiding horse tails or French braids you will not have any problem at all.
First step is to brush all the dirt off the garlic and cut the roots off. You can use a toothbrush if you are picky about getting the dirt off. As you will see from my pictures I get most of the dirt off but not all.
You can find all sorts of directions and YouTube videos on line for more advice. Some say to soak the stems but I didn’t.
To start select three large bulbs of garlic lay them next to each other with the middle one slightly higher than the others. You can knot them together or tie with a twist tie or string. You will not see the twist tie, as it will be covered with other garlic.
Add a 4th garlic and place the stem going down the center, Cross the stem leaf of the garlic head on the right over the 2 middle stem leaves so it lies between the stem leaf on the left and the middle stem leaves.
Place another garlic head, continuing with the next largest, on the right just above the existing bulbs so the stem leaf is in the middle overlaying the current middle stem leaf.
Cross the stem leaf that is on the left over the middle stem leaves to create a new middle.
Place another garlic head on the left just above the existing garlic heads so the stem leaf is in the middle overlaying the current middle stem leaf. You should now have 2 stem leaves on the left, 2 stem leaves in the middle and 2 stem leaves on the right.
Cross the 2 garlic stem leaves on the right over the middle stem leaves to become the new middle stems.
Continue this pattern by adding 1 garlic head at a time until you run out or have reached the length you want.
Tie off the top as close to the top garlic head as possible with a piece of twine. Create a loop for hanging.
It’s sounds more complicated than it is! I spent some time looking at videos and decided to just give it a try. I found it works best to work on a hard surface. I now have three garlic braids hanging up to use this winter! All of a sudden my abundant crop doesn’t look so abundant!
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