The garlic bed has worried us now for a few weeks.I thought it was due to the wet weather and it would perk up once early summer weather arrived.The outer leaves are yellow for the past few weeks I thought they were dying off prematurely but on closer inspection and after reading Cazaux Food farm blog I think there are what looks like rust spots on the leaves they are not just uniformly yellow.Cazaux has researched the causes and cures?!
I pulled one of the plants today to check what was underneath, they look like large spring onions that smell of garlic, the bulb has no sign of producing a clump of bulbs and is quite soft.
A close up of one of the leaves with the rust spots on it.Has anyone any ideas if it is garlic rust?The outer leaves on each plant is like this and the other leaves are not the healthy green of some of the garlic growing on other plots.We planted garlic last year and put it in in April which was way too late and it died off before developing into bulbs.We had white turnips on this bed last year.I will put the photos on the forum in Irish gardeners and see what the response is as there are some very knowledgeable gardeners contributing there.
A little good news, the mushrooms have produced spores which look like tiny white worms, Kathryn says it takes about 10 weeks from this stage to produce mushrooms and then they should stay producing mushrooms for about 2 to 3 months.I put on a permanent cover instead of the plastic which was falling down on top of them whenever it rained (every day!). It is weed suppressing fabric held in place on top with batons and held down for now with rocks until I think of a more aesthetic solution.