Posted: 17/11/2013 at 21:31
"2010 and 2011 resulted in soft, rotted cloves due to the prolonged freeze. What is the best planting schedule under these conditions?"
Freezing is what segments garlic. what rots them is crap drainage. I grow all manner of garlic in a raised bed and the ones that I planted in spring have sent up top growth but I am keeping them in the ground till late spring 2014 - they should be larger by then and useful.
I find home grown garlic milder and wetter than the supermarket ones - and all of mine are from supermarket grown garlic bulbs.