Garlic is a mainstay in Mediterranean cuisine, however, you don’t need warm weather to grow it. If you use the right conditions, you could plant garlic in a cold climate. Keep in mind that garlic needs a long growing season, which makes the fall and early winter the perfect time to plant. Just make sure the ground isn’t frozen yet. Then let the crop rest until the garlic is ready for reaping in the spring.
You don’t need too much space, effort, and dedication to get a good garlic crop. You will need some good garlic cloves to plant, which you could purchase online or at a gardening store; don’t use regular bulbs from a supermarket.
What Kind of Garlic Should You Plant?
These are the types of garlic you buy at a grocery store. They grow up to 18 cloves per bulb and rarely create a flower stalk. They are also better suited to milder or warmer climates because they are intolerant to cold for long periods of time. However, they could be grown in colder areas with adequate winter protection. 
Here are some great softneck garlic varieties to grow:
- ‘Albigensian Wight’ – It produces large bulbs and heavy crops.
- ‘Iberian Wight’ — It has large cloves and stores well.
- ‘Solent Wight’ – It produces small bulbs with a ton of flavor.
- ‘Inchelium Red’
- ‘Christo’ – This variety is easy to grow and stores well.
- ‘California Early’
- ‘California Late’
This kind of garlic produces about 10 cloves or less and is hardier than the softneck varieties. They can produce a flower stalk that curls as it matures, which is best to remove as soon as possible to allow the bulb to grow larger.