Then There Were Eight…

Turns out that garlic rot is quite serious…Here’s what the garlic bed looked like this early spring:

Garlic, April 11

Now, there are only 8 plants remaining: 8 out of the original 90 plants!  They look lonely

Garlic, June 10

The remaining plants (soft neck) are a different variety than the rotted ones (hard neck), which goes to show you that monoculture is a very risky business indeed.  Next year, i’ll buy certified seed for a few different varieties.  The good news is that this soil disease only effects onions, leeks, and garlics, so i have started transplanting some other starts (chard, basil, and chinese cabbage) and seeds (2 types of carrots).  I’ll just be sure that any of those plants don’t end up in the compost to hopefully limit the fungus’ spread to other beds.


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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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3 Responses to Then There Were Eight…

  1. Kim says:

    Gah! So sad!!! Beware the vampires!!!

  2. Ryan says:

    you’re right, maybe i shouldn’t have posted that i have no garlic. i’ll be sure to only garden during daylight hours.

  3. Tracy says:

    Wow, this is awful! I hope you can find a better variety for next year.

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