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Newbie questions!

Posted by hisgirltoo NY 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 24, 06 at 14:50

Hi all,
I planted 5 cloves last fall, given to me by my sis-in-law, variety unknown. All have survived my ignorance, and are now starting to die off. I have harvested 3 of them, and have some questions...

Under the garlic, above the root system, Im finding small round cloves? bulbils? rounds? Im not sure wha they are, can someone enlighten me, and tell me what the heck to do with them? Does their presence mean Ive done something right, or something wrong? I left a few in the ground, not knowing if that was the right thing to do, or not. I am also drying several, along with the garlic.

Also, while performing a search for these nodules, I came across reference to rounds, vs cloves. what are rounds?

Thanks for your help, in advance!

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RE: Newbie questions!

Welcome to the world of garlic growing, HisGirlToo.

Sometimes, for various reasons, when a bulb forms, it does not differentiate into separate cloves. Instead it forms one solid ball. Those are called rounders.

Presumably, that's what you have?

You can eat them, thinking of them as a giant clove. Or you can cure them, and replant them this fall. Next year they will differentiate into cloves, and the entire bulb will be considerably larger than the rounder.

RE: Newbie questions!

Hmmm, thanks GardenLad...looks like I've got all rounders so far, more of my SIL's to harvest, and one clove that sprouted from a store-bought garlic. I guess I'll replant the rounders later this fall.

thanks for your help!

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