In a previous article, we learned about growing garlic. Here we will learn about what the next steps are after they are harvested. These steps include curing and storing.
- If the soil is still moist around the garlic bulb you want to lay out the garlic so that they can dry off for a few days out of the direct sunlight.
- For the curing process you will hang them in bunches and in the place where there is ventilation for a couple of weeks. The curing process is done so that everything is dried off for storing. Moisture will make them rot faster.
- During the curing process leave the roots and stems attached.
- Wait until the end of the curing process to clean them.
- Cut the roots off with a pruner.
- Remove dirt around the bulb without removing the thin outer layer of the bulb. You can use a dish brush to softly clean the bulb.
- Store them in a mesh bag or a wire basket so that they still have airflow.
Hard neck variety should be used first since they typically have a shorter shelf life which is about 3-4 months. The soft neck variety usually lasts about 6 months.
Click on the video below from Garden Answer, for more detailed instructions on how to store, cure and braid garlic soft neck garlic.