Can we plant garlic in April in Western New York?

illustration of garlic bulbs by Stofko
Photo illustration by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko

When should you plant garlic? The usual recommendation is October. (It overwinters and you harvest around July.)

But maybe you can plant garlic in April in Western New York–and harvest the same year!

I got a comment on this previous article last October from a local gardener. She had planted garlic in April:

Last fall I had hand surgery and wasn’t able to get my garlic planted. I did it in spring and had a beautiful crop. I hope I don’t have to do that again but just in case it can be done.

Kathy Kwiatkowski

Readers, if you try planting garlic in April, please leave a comment to let us know how it worked for you.

And you don’t have to wait until October to plant garlic; you can plant garlic as early as August and harvest the following July.

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