Step One cross the stems of two corms.
|start with two|
Step Two - loop the stems together to ensure the braid doesn't unravel.
|then knot them together|
Step Three - place a third stem between the first two.
|then add a third|
Step Four - plait these three stems for three plaits. You will be looking for the next corms to sit neatly between the first two and the middle corm.
|and plait a few strands|
Step Five - the process continues as you add garlic to the braid, first to the outer two then the middle one and the addition of stems ensures the length of the braid. Keep any short stems till the end where length no longer is an issue.
|add more as you go|
|keep it tight|
|stems make for length|
|when you have enough|
Step Six - when you have added the desired number of corms plait the stems till you reach a suitable length.
|plait til the end and tie off|
I like to braid within the Fibonacci sequence of numbers because of the affinity to nature and eight and twenty one are the most common though the smaller garlics some times go to larger numbers.
Thanks Mark for sharing your expertise.
Now for the giveaway....To celebrate our garlic harvest we'd like to offer this garlic braid as a gift....
Simply leave a comment, and a winner will be chosen at random by Mark on his birthday 20th Dec, at 8pm. Due to quarantine/customs restrictions the draw can only be open to Australian residents