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Rampant rust


by Pippa Greenwood

This year rust hit my garlic so early that although there are a few respectably sized bulbs, most are half their usual size.


Pippa GreenwoodFirst it was my garlic - a crop I pride myself on (usually) as we get huge bulbs of super-succulent, tremendously tasty garlic that lasts us well in to the next year, generally until the next year's crop is ready...and keeps our friends smelling just as strongly as us! This year rust hit so early that although there are a few respectably sized bulbs, most are half their usual size. I'll be buying it by Christmas.

Then the chives, overnight the foliage flopped, turned bright yellow as the pustules erupted from nearly every leaf. The pears too had rust - a sight I've only ever seen a handful of times (and that includes working as plant pathologist at RHS Wisley for 11 years, examining thousands of decrepit plants each year). Presumably it'll be the beans next, and the blackberries...it's a good thing I only have wild roses!! Someone please send us some dry weather to stop those little spores in their tracks!!



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Gardeners' World Web User 01/09/2007 at 15:05

Broad Beans chocolate spot like mars bars, What a year.

Gardeners' World Web User 05/09/2007 at 21:29

New to gardening i planted sweet corn in april picked some now really juicey.

Gardeners' World Web User 06/09/2007 at 13:25

Peter: Yes you can eat sprout leaves in that they're not harmful but in my experience (and I only tried it once) they're certainly less appealing than 'proper' leafy brassicas.

Harry: As you'll soon be finding out in my next blog, I've got another unexpected invader in my garden....but luckily its actually pretty harmless and only got as far as the drive!!

Rean: So glad to hear your sweetcorn is great and those first cobs of the first plants you ever grew will stay in your mind forever, so get on and enjoy them whilst they're there!

Gardeners' World Web User 24/09/2007 at 19:48

what sort of carrots should i try to grow? i cant seem to find any that i can plant now, surely they grow in the winter too!!! or should i know that they dont at my age?

Gardeners' World Web User 11/10/2007 at 20:02

I've had the same problems with my garlic, such a disappointment. Hopefully next year won't be as bad!

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