I'm new to the area. Last October I planted garlic in a raised bed. I mulched the bed. The garlic isn't up yet. I'm afraid I may have planted the bulbs a little deep. I pushed them down with my finger about the depth of 5". I dug one up the other day and it had little nubbies on the blunt end as if to sprout roots. But no shoot. Did I plant too deep? Is it too early yet? Shall I remove the mulch to encourage sprouting?
You may have planted them too deep, but then this winter has been dry with little snow cover and they may be just fine. The "little nubbies" are root initials and it is just now starting to grow. Keep the ground moist and you will have garlic with some patience.