All the books tell you Garlic can’t be transplanted. Not true. We do it all the time. With this brutal winter we have had survivors emerge from our compost pile. The bulbs and bulbils we tossed last fall have emerged and clusters like the one shown above did better than many planted in the field. Main reason we believe is they were sheltered from the worst of the winds.
So, we are digging up these clusters, taking as much of their rootball as possible and replanting them in a hole filled with compost. With the warming weather we will find sunny locations and hope for the best.
These bulbs will be smaller but they will be perfectly edible and could be broken up for seed next fall. The bulbils can be saved for a summer garnish or additional seed stock.