| Around April of this year I planted garlic for the first time. I bought a bulb at the local farm supply store and planted the 17 individual cloves. The plants didn't frow to more than a foot tall and by the end of August, had dried up and keeled over. The bulbs were about an inch to 1 1/2" in diameter. I saved these, thinking maybe I could plant them next spring. I never planted garlic before and noticed on this site you suggest planting before the ground freezes in the fall. Was my mistake planting in the spring? It's the 2nd week of December and the ground still isn't frozen, so could I still plant now? Could I expect a better growth next year if I plant now? And, could I use the cloves I got from the small bulbs I got this year?