Just finished my first Garlic String
I’ve just finished making my first garlic string and I’m pretty pleased with myself to be honest. If you’re thinking of having a go yourself then read on as it’s much easier than you might think.
At the end of last year I harvested my garlic bulbs and put them in a cool dry place ready for the kitchen. The bulbs dried out nicely but I stored them in my potting shed, which is a fair walk from my back door, so rather than brave the wind and rain every time I needed a bulb I decided to have a go at making my own garlic string today.
Having never done it before I remembered how I used to plait my daughters hair and thought this might be a useful starting point.
I started with 3 bulbs and gradually folded the stalk furthest to the right over the stalk immediately to left, then took the stalk furthest on the left and folded it over the stalk immediately to the right. From then on it was basically right over left, left over right all the way to the end of the string. Fortunately I’d left the entire stalk on my garlic plants, which I think made it a bit easier.
Having completed a couple more plaits I introduced 3 more bulbs, and continued with the right over left, left over right motion holding onto 2 sets of stalks, then after a couple more plaits I added 3 more bulbs, and so on until all the bulbs were plaited into the string. The secret is to keep a tight hold on all the stalks as there may as many as 30 – 40 bulbs by the time you’ve finished.
Finally I trimmed all the roots from the bottom of the bulbs and snipped off any stray pieces of stalk to keep it looking neat. For the finishing touch I tied off the top with garden twine which I’ve used to hang the string.
I’ve hung my garlic string by the kitchen window as it’s usually open several times a day which should help to keep the bulbs dry and stop them rotting off. Not sure if this is the right way to string garlic but I’m quite pleased with the results.
If you’d like to keep this post for future reference I have created a PDF that you might want to print and keep for another day. It’s absolutely free, so please feel free to download as many times as you like, with my best wishes.
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