Turns out that garlic rot is quite serious…Here’s what the garlic bed looked like this early spring:
Now, there are only 8 plants remaining: 8 out of the original 90 plants! They look lonely
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.