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Mushy Garlic!

Post  TryingForGreen on 7/31/2011, 7:44 pm

I grew garlic in my SFG for the first time. Planted it in October and harvested it a couple of weeks ago. A gardener friend told me to just lie it on the ground next to the bed, which I did until it rained. Then I put them in my garden shed to continue curing.

Today I cleaned them off (no water), tied them together and hung them in the house. They smell fantastic. However, when my husband went to use one today, it was all mushy. I checked the others that were hanging and they are the same.

What did I do wrong?

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Post  MarcyG on 7/31/2011, 8:59 pm

Maybe??

http://www.oisat.org/pests/diseases/bacterial/bacterial_soft_rot.html

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Post  TryingForGreen on 7/31/2011, 9:02 pm

Thanks for the link. I'm not sure that's it, though, as it still smelled deliciously garlicy and visibly there was nothing wrong. They look like normal cloves - not rotten at all - until we peel one and it's a pile of garlic-colored mush inside.
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Post  camprn on 7/31/2011, 9:20 pm

Maybe it all cooked in the sun or the shed? I stopped watering mine about a week before I lifted it, I peeled the outer paper layer off and hung it all in my 3 season porch, no bright sun but good ventilation. It seems to be curing well.

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Post  TryingForGreen on 7/31/2011, 10:19 pm

Hmmm...perhaps! I didn't think about keeping them in the shade. Darnit! Sad
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