Thursday, September 29, 2011

Garlic Rust

This is as bad as it gets in a vegetable garden situation - so what would you do.

You have about 260-280 maturing Garlic growing in your garden, then about 8-10 weeks out from harvesting, it happens - Garlic Rust, the incurable fungus that strikes certain Alliums.

This week I got to find out what I would do, a decision that was very difficult to make - I removed them, the whole lot and now I'm removing the mulch that surrounded them. I know that I won't be able to grow Garlic here again for at least 3 years, hopefully the spores will only hang around in the ground half that time. What a blow, an absolute waste, but that's how it goes - all in the name of garden hygiene.

I had sourced seed from a Garlic Grower at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, Australian Garlic from the Supermarket and bulbs from Digger's, so if my infection source came in on seed - who do I blame.

A lesson learnt I guess.

Rust on Leaves

Rust on Leaves

Binned Garlic Plants