FWIW...I grow several varieties each of softneck and hardneck and can generally have decent garlic til spring from the hardneck varieties. Over the years I've learned to use the softnecks by early February and the last of the hardnecks by April. This is just using root cellar type storage, generally low 60's for warmest temps. Hardnecks in the refrigerator will last til early May before they start to get "dry". Am waiting to see if this years mild winter and early spring actually decrease the keeping quality because I had to harvest almost a month earlier than usual for central Wisconsin. My favorite varieties have been Music, Polish, Inchelium Red, Chet's Italian Red, Spanish Roja and Broad Leaved Czech. These seem to really like my conditions though I do grow several other varieties along with them. Just my .02 cents worth...garlic is actually very easy to grow!