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I planted lots of garlic this year, mainly 'cos I like garlic but also as a companion plant for the strawberries. This year all my garlic has succumbed to rust. I have read that you should plant garlic for 5 years if the soil has rust. as my garden is quite small there is no other area that will be suitable for garlic. Does anyone know any cures for getting rid of rust?
It's one of the reasons I gave up on garlic. From what I could deduce at the time, there's no getting rid of it except to remove affected leaves early but that impacts on the end result. There was, at the time, no effective spray, organic or otherwise.
Kes - This does not answer your Q - my garlic had rust this year but it didn't prevent it from being a good crop although it was harvested early and the bulbs were small.
I hadn't realised it can't now be planted in the same spot for 5 yrs and am about to start next years crop in modules. It'll go in a different part of the garden and I've 24 new bulbs but can bulbs be used from plants which matured from rust infected plants? I was going to use one of the bulbs from this years crop for next?
Hmm! maybe it looks like I will have to grow garlic in pots then! so much for companion planting!! Thanks for the info.
Hi Kes, I always plant the whole bulb, about now, in a deep pot in the greenhouse until it shoots and the roots are starting to come out of the bottom. I then separate each clove and plant them outside over the winter. I get a really good crop of decent sized bulbs, they still get rust but I think because they've had a really good start they reach a decent size before the leaves need chopping off, by then I've harvested them anyway. It works for me, you never know it might work for you.