The problem with the garlic could be if in a warm area do not get cold enough even for the garlic recommended and here do not even get any frost and that may be why not growing .
Hi Jeff, that can certainly be the case, I am fortunate in that the cloves I put in every year have become acclimatised to my area over a period of 15 years and produce very well every year. Unless you know the origin of the bulbs you purchase, best thing is to put them in the fridge 2 weeks before you plant them out to be certain they receive the chill factor.
Thanks heaps Ron.
Your welcome Andrew