After our recent storms, almost all of our garlic tops were broken off at the ground, so we picked them all today. We have some huge cloves, but most of the bulbs have exactly 4 cloves (less than we’re used to).

Now that we’ve picked them, what’s the best way to store them for planting next year?

For now they’re in paper bags halfway down the basement.

  1. I hang the bulbs in a dark, dry part of the basement. After pulling them out of the ground, I leave the bulbs in the sun for an hour or two to dry the dirt clinging to them. I have the bulbs dirty though I do trim the roots off the bottom. I have had luck with hanging in the basement for a couple years now. Putting them in the fridge works for a couple months, but they end up growing, perhaps due to the moisture.