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So there is some debate I have found on the internet.
One place you look it says to hang garlic bulbs down.
Other place say hang them bulbs up.
So what is everyone's option on this? I went ahead and hung some both ways so we will see what happens.
I am in south west new mexico so it hot and dry right now.
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looks good to me its what they do here in France and they know a thing or two about Garlic
 
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David do they hang it bulbs up or bulbs down tho that is the question
 
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In my garden, garlic gets pulled, then thrown on the ground to dry for a few days, (edit to add -- in a shady spot), then the tops are cut off, and the bulbs are tossed into a box.
 
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We do ours bulb down simply because it seems easiest. Interested to hear how your experiment goes though.


Man, those pictures are making me sweat just looking at em. Must make drying quick and easy though.


Joseph, interesting; I'd always believed that too much sun exposure was a bad thing for drying garlic!
 
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Dillon: Sorry for telling half the story. I usually lay the pulled garlic bulbs in a place where they are shaded from the mid-day sunlight, such as right next to a row of corn, or under a tree, or use the leaves to shade the just pulled bulbs. Relative humidity around here is often 5% to 15% during garlic harvest season, and zero chance of dew, so that works out well for me. Sometimes, I pull garlic in late afternoon, and collect it in the morning. Did I mention that it's very arid here?!

I've never noticed a problem with drying them directly in the sun, but with our cloudless skies, I don't like laying any propagules, of any species, in full sun for the whole day. I also get the squash and melons out of the field as soon as I have picked them, for the same reason: No point cooking them before storage.
 
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I have bakers racks that I put my garlic on to cure. So, sideways works just fine. I doubt if up, down, or sideways makes any difference.

I pull the garlic, lay it out on racks asap. I cure it in a garage that's a little cooler than outside.

My climate is very similar to yours.
 
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For soon after harvest eating we grow hard neck, they don't store for long so we dry them on racks for a week or two under cover from sun.
We are high humidity in the summers so we have to make sure that the sun doesn't hit them and that dew can't settle on them as they cure.

For long term storage garlic (soft Neck) I just braid them and hang them by the end of the braid, again out of the sun and where moisture can't settle on the drying bulbs.
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