They basked in the sun for the afternoon and were then placed under our verandah on an old work bench to dry out further.
Skip forward a little while and they had wilted enough for me to feel comfortable with cleaning them up and trimming their roots. To clean them up for storage, the outer papery layer was rubbed off and added to the compost bucket. It's quiet, satisfying work this paper removal!
Again, I would've liked more time to dry them further but as we've got nowhere really to store them while they drape somewhere to dry, I reluctantly chose to braid them today as well (I was actually a little excited, too, what can I say?)!
Braiding garlic is just like braiding hair - start with a 'plait' and then add a bulb or two with each move of the outer 'strand' into the center. Again, immensely satisfying work, this braiding!
My total harvest produced three hefty braids, all 132 bulbs worth! Hopefully this will be enough to last us until next summer as healthy, organic, local garlic is really important to me, as is avoiding the imported chemically treated garlic that seems to dominate in the shops.
Now, where to hang these babies/mamas?