I’ve never grown garlic or braided it until this year. I chose a hardneck variety, that I purchased from a local farm, figuring it was the most hardy and best suited for our area. We harvested the garlic and I got set to braid it. In hindsight, I should have let it cure longer, but I was too anxious. Hopefully they will cure in their braids.
We trimmed all of the roots off and brushed the dirt off with a tooth brush.
Then I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and learned that people braid SOFTneck garlic. Well I had my heart set on braids and figure, “How hard could it be”?
As it turns out, braiding hardneck garlic sucks, but it is not impossible. My braids don’t look great, but the second one showed definite improvement. I think they would look tighter if the bulbs were the correct size.
We harvested tiny little bulbs, most only have 2 cloves, but I attribute that to lack of compost. The area where we planted them had no compost added to the soil at all. And we all saw how crappy our soil is with out compost.
You can bet we’ll be trying this again next year!!
Have you ever grown garlic? Have you tried to braid it, or onions? What is the secret!?