4 Hours Ago
Rich, in OH you can probably get away with that during many winters, especially if you're close to the lake (I'm from Holland MI). Where I'm at we not only get very very cold nights but high winds at times too. Put the two together and even garlic cannot stand it. I've had cloves frost damaged underground that never even came up where my mulch had blown off. Frost damage once to a garlic sprout and you're alright, frost damage twice and you're in trouble. The common practice is to not have them sprout too early and to cover them (yes, with mulch) if they do come up before winter. The goal is to plant them at such a time in fall to where the sprout doesn't come up but the roots do get a worthwhile head start. Yours wouldn't make it through my winter and I doubt it'll reliably make it through half of yours on average. Good question!