Garlic planting dates

(Question)

Hi, I wonder if it is too late to plant garlic in my yard in Toronto?

(Answer)

Could be risky.  The best time to plant garlic is in the fall about a month before the ground freezes.  If garlic is planted too late, there is a risk that cloves will not develop adequate root systems and will not be winter hardy.   Mid-September to mid-October is a safe planting window, although some gardeners are now planting into November with fairly good results.  Planting your garlic now will be a gamble, but as we’re experiencing quite a mild fall, you may be successful.

If you’d like to read more about growing garlic, below you will find links to a couple of articles that may be of some help, along with a previous Toronto Master Gardener question & answer.

Patrick Lima – Growing Garlic – Canadian Gardening magazine

http://www.canadiangardening.com/gardens/fruit-and-vegetable-gardening/growing-garlic/a/32193

Sonia Day – How to Grow Big Fat Garlic Cloves – Toronto Star – Nov 10, 2014

http://www.thestar.com/life/2012/10/12/how_to_grow_big_fat_garlic_cloves_sonia_day.html

Growing Garlic –  previous Toronto Master Gardener question & answer

http://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/askagardener/growing-garlic-update-answer-before-publishing/