actually getting a good harvest is not. Last year, we had a very rainy summer which resulted in about half of our garlic rotting. This year, it was the cold and wet spring and early summer that did us in: we were afflicted by garlic rust, a fungal disease that attacks the leaves. It doesn’t necessarily kill the plant, but it stunts it to the point that there may be no usable bulb. Also, the infected leaves spread spores that can infect the following year’s crop.
Fortunately rust had set in late enough that we didn’t have too much loss. But our German garlic was a bust and bulbs overall were definitely smaller than they should have been.
Oh well, we will enjoy what we have and, as ever, hope for better conditions next year.