I am working on getting all of mine in the dirt still. Last year I planted about 60 plants and got about 45 back. I think a few were too shallow and the roots may have frozen. This year I bumped it up to about 200. It's taking up a lot of room in the plastic planters quick. I think this may be the one crop I decide to just throw down a row of black plastic, punch holes and drop cloves. Otherwise all of my planters will be full of garlic.
Anyone remember how long it takes the garlic to break ground? I don't remember and last year was the first year I did it "right", planting in the fall that is. My days have been hovering right around 60F and nights in the 40's, sometimes dipping into the 30's. Fairly sunny still and getting about 10 hours of sunlight. I'm guessing a week or two but I really don't remember. And I hate to keep peeking to see how they're doing. Sometimes I can't resist but in all honesty I generally don't think it's a good idea to disturb the plant that way.