The preferred type of garlic it the soft neck variety. Unfortunately, I grow the hard neck variety of garlic and the stalks are thick and not very flexible. This makes it impossible to braid as green stalks. But, once the stalks are dried out, I found they are easier to bend and braid. It also helps to take some food grade twine to help hold the bulbs in place as we braid. I first sorted the bulbs by size and started with the three largest on the bottom. I tied them with twine and then added three more above those and tied them all. Then I started braiding the stalks. After each time I braided a stalk, I added another bulb to either side or the middle and worked that new stalk into the braid. The braid is always worked from the bulb end toward the stalk end.
And that is biggest secret to braided garlic, the finished braids are traditionally shown hanging upside down. When we think of braiding hair, we think about starting at the top and working down. The garlic braid was started at the lowest bulb on the bottom and was braided up from there.
Regardless of the direction, the result is a much more attractive way to store our garlic for later use. This braid has 58 bulbs of various sizes. The largest bulbs are on the bottom and the smallest are on the top. It weighs about 2 pounds (0.9kg) and I have two hooks holding it up.
We do eat a lot of garlic and this should provide enough garlic till our next harvest. And we should even have some extra bulbs to divide and plant in the fall or to ward off vampires if needed.