Garlic is an easy to grow member of the onion family and produces a compact bulb of individual cloves. They need minimal maintenance - keep the area where they are growing weed free and well watered. Garlic grows in a wide variety of soil conditions as long as it is well-drained, fertile and has a near neutral pH. Plant out cloves in late summer to early autumn for the best results. Garlic grows in two ways, 'Hardneck' or 'Softneck'. Hardneck types produce an edible flower stem and cloves that do not store well but some produce pretty bulbs and cloves. Softneck types store for longer than Hardneck varieties and some produce 10-16 cloves per bulb.