You can still plant the garlic cloves, but without their individual protective layer (sometimes called a “tunic”), they might be more susceptible to diseases. Before planting, some gardeners soak their cloves (usually unpeeled, but sometimes peeled) in a solution of 1 gallon water to 1 tablespoon baking soda overnight (some add a little liquid seaweed to the solution). Then just before planting, soak them in rubbing alcohol for about 4 minutes. This helps to prevent disease. You might try that with some of your cloves to see if it might help. Good luck!
Having been a classroom teacher for 33 years, I am very interested in natural history education and how to best help young people acquire a love and appreciation for the natural world. I often ask myself why it is that some people develop a passion for wildlife, the outdoors and the protection of natural spaces while others are indifferent at best. To paraphrase Baba Dioum, a Senegalese conservationist, we will only conserve and care for what we love and only love what we understand, appreciate and feel an emotional connection with. If children have no real understanding or knowledge of the natural world around them —right in their own backyard to begin with — then how will they ever develop a sense of what is being lost? How then can we expect them to live by an environmental, conserving ethic, or be outraged when yet another wetland is to be drained or a woodlot destroyed if they have no idea of what even lives there? In a world of video games, Facebook, shopping malls and highly regimented schedules with little time to play outside, I am deeply concerned that young are becoming more disconnected than ever from the natural world. However, to use a term coined by Harvard University biologist . Wilson, humans are born “biophylic” —loving nature. In other words, all of us begin life as budding biologists and, with the proper support from parents, grandparents and teachers, this interest in nature can last a lifetime.