This is my second year growing garlic, and so far it’s been a success. I’ve been wanting to learn the proper way to braid my garlic in order to store it in my pantry, so a quick google search revealed an excellent YouTube video from Gardenerd.com. I followed her video pretty much word for word, except I couldn’t find twist-ties. If my tutorial is unclear, please watch her video. It was a big help! If you have ever French braided hair, you will have no problem braiding garlic. It’s basically one big garlicky French braid.
I planted three varieties of garlic on November 22nd: organic white, elephant, and some purple garlic. From what I can tell from my post on November 22nd, I’ve only harvested the organic white. The elephant garlic died, and the purple garlic is still growing, waiting to be harvested. The purple garlic sent off scapes, while I didn’t see any scapes from the white garlic. I wonder if it’s because it’s a more common, commercial variety, and not having scapes spares mass “de-escaping”? I have no idea (See *UPDATE). Anyway, I harvested our white garlic on Saturday, June 23, and since there was of course NO threat of rain, I let them dry out on our patio table for three days.
*UPDATE: I think I’ve found the answer to my scape conundrum. Thanks to Lydia for commenting about the different varieties of garlic: hardneck and softneck. The August September issue of Mary Jane’s Farm published an article about garlic braiding. Apparently, garlic grows in hardneck and softneck varieties. Hardneck garlic produces scapes, and they yield larger cloves. Softneck varieties do not produce scapes, but they are better for braiding because they remain bendable enough to braid. I love finding answers to my questions!
Here’s how to make a garlic braid.
That’s it! You’re all set to enjoy beautifully stored, delicious garlic for as long as it lasts!
Again, I hope this demo was clear, but if you have any questions, leave them in the comment section, or visit this link to watch the video. Remember…garlicky French braid.
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