Back in February we bought three garlic bulbs for £5 at Seedy Sunday in Brighton. My hubby did a great job of planting them, watering them and working out when they were ready to harvest. We also had a little assistance from the garlic farm cook book, which tells you about the different types of garlic, when to grow them, when to harvest and how to store them once harvested as well as providing some recipes using the garlic.
I can't seem to find any photos of our garlic growing, but I got very excited about the thought of plaiting and hanging garlic so took loads of photos of that.
There are lots of varieties of garlic, but they all fall into one of two categories - hard neck and soft neck. I wasn't really sure which was which until I started plaiting them at which point it became really obvious. The softneck ones are easy to plait as their stalks are floppy once ready and the hardneck ones are stiff, so you can't plait them.
So with the soft neck ones you plait them to hang them to dry and store. I started off following instructions, but then made the plait up as I went which is why it looks a bit messy.
There is a bit of hair on the bottom of the garlic which the book advises you to chop off like this: