Bulbs forum: garlic bulbs going bad...

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Name: Robyn
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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Jun 15, 2016 9:07 AM CST
Not sure if this goes here or in the veggies area.. or just in general questions. Anyway, I was given some 'seed' garlic bulbs but they were soft and rotted and smelled horrible! I don't think this person understood that 'seed' doesn't mean 'rotten'. There were maybe 3 or 4 little sections I was able to pull out that weren't so completely soft.

I'm debating what to do with those now. Ideally I'd hold them in a dry place until October and then plant them so they could be cold outside over winter and grow in the spring. I don't think these will last at room temp though. If I chill them (fridge or freezer?) for a week or so now and then get them in the ground, they'd have tiny half formed bulbs by the time winter hit and they were killed VS dormant, right? If I just put them in the ground now just to see what happened, would there be any chance of getting tiny plantable cloves grown before October?

Or should I just toss them out? I'm tempted to put them in the compost bin but they might start to grow.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
Jun 15, 2016 12:45 PM CST
I planted 6 varieties last Fall. I will decide which I like the best. They overwintered well, looking forward to the harvest. A co-worker was telling me that she always plants garlic in the Spring and harvests in the Fall. I didn't have any luck when I did that. Maybe different varieties?

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