To add to the recent garlic posts, I thought I'd make my own.
I noticed that some store bought garlic was starting to sprout in the fridge, and so took some out to see if they might be viable for planting now that it's close to winter. Now, this garlic is imported from China, and is supposed to be fumigated and treated to prevent sprouting.
but what I found when I split it open was that it was full of onion aphids. I'm guessing that some eggs were laid inside the bulb at some stage and then hatched after we bought them from the store.
So, my question is, what are the recommended cultural practices for planting garlic cloves that are bought, and how to prevent pests and diseases being imported into your garden?