Planting Music Garlic
Been growing the hard neck variety, Music for about ten years, no problems, thought I had things under control. This season however, with the rain and more rain, followed by temps in the 100's and humidity not far behind, now more rain and high humidity have me in "uncharted territory."
I dug the garlic about 5 weeks ago, I do that when the foliage is about 25% yellow. Spread them flat on a cart attached to a tractor so I could pull them out in the sunlight to dry, then back them in the barn at night to get away from dew or possible showers. About two weeks ago the tops seemed dry, so I tied and hung them. Just went out to check on the progress and about 40% have "clove separation." In my experience this occurs when you harvest too late, as in a lot of the plant is yellow. That was not the case with mine? As luck would have it (or the season this year?) the largest bulbs were the ones separating. I always save and replant the largest cloves in October. I also noticed that some of the stems which had seemed dry, were now "soft." Not having any better idea, I cut off the tops and spread the bulbs, sitting upright, on the cart again (actually on sheets of plywood across the cart) with a big fan blowing across them. The humidity in the barn was 84, it was 96 this morning according to the NWS.
My question is, has anyone planted Music or other hard neck varieties using cloves that have separated? "Historically," I would only plant the largest and most perfect ones.
Thoughts, opinions, or condolences welcome....:-)