Too Much of a Good Thing

Rain is great.  Too much rain can really suck!  I noticed that some of the garlic is drooping and dying off very quickly.  Probably lost a dozen or so plants, and some are a little stunted.  I’m really hoping it’s not a garlic fungus, but i’m pretty sure that’s just wishful thinking.  Looks like Basal Rot to me.

I think a week of heavy rains got the bulbs a bit wet, weakening them and allowing the fungus to bloom.

The effected plants were very wobbly in the soil, so i pulled them up and, sadly, they popped right out with no resistance.  Since i’m worried about contamination, they went to the trash and not the compost.

 No Roots!  Squishy, watery rotten bulbs,nice and stinky.  Garlic fungus effects the garlic and onion family of veggies, and can stay in the soil for a few years.  Which brings us to crop rotation: it’s a vital part of maintaing a healthy garden.  Not only does it help with proper soil nutrition, but limiting disease and pests.  Note how is say limit…you’ll never get rid of them!

On a happy note…


About Ryan

Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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