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Following on from another post of mine this is the first time ihave grown garlic and a few of the plants started to get rust. I caught it in time (I hope) removed all the infected leaves and left it in the ground. Anyway a couple of the stunted leaves were turning brown so I thought I would heft those ones up as I doubt they would grow any more.
So I have harvested them but now what? Everyone says you need the roots and leaves to cure and store but they have no leaves now. So can I still cure them but not store them? Should I break them all apart and freeze the cloves ready for planting in October? Or should I just eat them?
Any help on this would be great. I can follow 'internet instructions' on the ones that are left as they seem to be ok but im a bit lost as to what to do with these three bulbs....by the way they are big still as they were planted in Oct last year and they smell divine.
James.......it's up to you...........you can eat them now as green garlic or you can use the stems to tie them up in a cool, airy place to use as and when you want.
I should add that storage will depend on the type of Garlic you have............hard necked or soft necked........one keeps, the other is not so good but can't remember which is which.....sorry about that
Do not freeze the cloves if you plan to plant them in the Autumn.
Store them and only plant the cloves from the outside of the bulb. They are the biggest and best.
Ok but im still a bit lost, will they cure without the leaves?
Yes............if you store them correctly
what is rust and can it be prevented..
You can get rust preventative. Its a fungal disease.
When I say use the cloves from the outside of the bulb, you will have noticed that those are the largest cloves, and they are smaller towards the centre of the bulb. I eat those. I'm not sure what you mean when you say you separated them as an experiment. You have to look carefully at each clove to ensure it is not a double one, and plant them individually.
I believe in giving plants the best head-start I can. In the same way when planting, say, bean seeds, I plant the biggest first.
That seems a good idea, Welshonion.
Gloria, rust is a fungal disease producing rust-coloured spots on the leaves. It comes from long grass (which it also infects) so try and keep that down. Infected plants need removing to prevent spreading the disease to others of the onion family. It looks like this: