Last fall, I planted garlic for the first time, and two nights ago I harvested it. I'm going to let it dry a little more here in the porch, then trim it up and store it for later use in cooking and for planting again in October.
I planted four varieties with the idea that I would try them out and settle on one or two for future plantings. Originally I planted 12 cloves each of Music, German Extra Hardy and Chrysalis Purple, and 14 cloves of Siberia. (All were purchased from Seed Savers Exchange.)
I haven't done a final count, but I already know that the German Extra Hardy did not do well - only 4 bulbs made it to the final harvest. So, after doing some taste tests (!), I'll whittle it down to two varieties to save for planting in October. Because I only have about 9-12 bulbs of each variety, I won't get to eat much of the two "winning" varieties - I'll have to save them for planting. But next year I'll have much more, and I'll be on the way to having my own garden-specific garlic.