I know next to nothing
about garlic. I grew it only one season that I can remember, a long time ago.
However, I was curious . . . I think the shallots that I grow would be fine planted in the fall but I've never done that in the 20+ years that I've grown them. They come out of the ground in July and have a good curing, then go into the garage to spend the winter on a shelf. They must freeze in there, just sitting in their basket but are just fine for kitchen use and to plant out as the very earliest things (with the onion sets) in the spring.
Here is what the Saskatchewan agriculture ministry has to say about planting garlic: "Garlic can be planted in spring or fall. Fall planting is somewhat riskier in that there is danger of winterkill, but there is also potential for higher yields with fall planting. In general, fall plantings are made in mid to late September. The cold winter will break the dormancy of the bulbs and allow growth to begin early in the spring. If garlic is to be planted in spring, previously chilled bulbs should be planted on prepared soil before the end of April. This early planting will allow the plant to obtain sufficient size by late June, when bulbing begins. Late planted crops will bulb poorly and give poor yields.
" Time of Planting, Garlic
They are, of course, advising people in Saskatchewan and they only mention Elephant Garlic by saying that it is a leek "and may be less hardy than regular garlic."
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