12 Year Old Garlic (Sentimental value)


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I was cleaning out my cold cellar (43 F), and I found some old dried garlic stalks with bulbs. Not sure what it was doing there, or how long it had been there, I decided to break off the heads for eating or planting and compost the stalks. Turns out, it was last garlic that was grown by my grandfather, who died in 2008, and had been stored there since for sentimental reasons. The garlic itself looked in pretty good condition, no visible rotting or mold. I feel really bad for breaking it, and don't want to just throw them out. Are they safe to eat? Could I plant the cloves? Any other creative ideas of what to do with this sentimental garlic?
 
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I think it would be fun to plant them and see what happens! I once planted some garlic that had been in my fridge forever and since it had the little green starts shooting out I thought why not? So I planted it and waited a growing season and it grew much larger and I harvested it.
 
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You would be surprised at the resiliency of garlic. Look at it this way. What have you got to lose? Plant it in good soil, water it and see if it grows. Do the stems have a head on the top? If so, plant those also.
 
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I took a single bulb bought from the super market and separated the cloves. i planted those in good soil and kept them watered. All came up within two weeks . now i just have to bide my time and care for them.
 
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I took a single bulb bought from the super market and separated the cloves. i planted those in good soil and kept them watered. All came up within two weeks . now i just have to bide my time and care for them.
I just planted some cloves off of an organic garlic bulb a week ago. It is already popping up a little sprout today!!
 
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My new sprouts that I'm starting indoors are starting to come up! So far there is arugula, kale, garlic, and collard greens! Here's one of the pics!
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I was cleaning out my cold cellar (43 F), and I found some old dried garlic stalks with bulbs. Not sure what it was doing there, or how long it had been there, I decided to break off the heads for eating or planting and compost the stalks. Turns out, it was last garlic that was grown by my grandfather, who died in 2008, and had been stored there since for sentimental reasons. The garlic itself looked in pretty good condition, no visible rotting or mold. I feel really bad for breaking it, and don't want to just throw them out. Are they safe to eat? Could I plant the cloves? Any other creative ideas of what to do with this sentimental garlic?
I would plant it. that way the new plant will be part of the story.
 

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