Okay, I'm working in my mother's garden. Digging up and turning over the soil. While she's not been neglectful, i.e. the garden isn't an eyesore, this summer the garden surrounding our lawn is mostly weeds. Lots of Lemon Balm, wild fennel, ferns, etc. My question may elicit a very big "no-duh" of an answer that I'll smack my forehead with the palm of my hand after hearing it, but her it goes: I dug up several (100 or so?) little bulbs that look like peeled garlic cloves. They were/are roughly between 6" to 12"+ under the top soil. Some of them had a gorgeous brown/red/amber Peel, most had none. They were separate from each other but clustered closely together. I'm familiar with digging up the occasional peanut but not these. My question is WTF? is this something that is common or was it probably planned/planted by her? Further, they look a lot like garlic but they're relatively bland in taste so what are they actually? I cannot ask my mother as she vacationing (she's retired) where I wont have contact with her for at least another month? Am I just being stupid or ignorant of something? I wouldn't encourage people calling me stupid, but if it walks like a duck.... Somebody let me know why I can't connect the dots on this one. Thanks for taking your time to read!
Ps- I'm pretty sure it isn't wild garlic.