It turns out it may be isn’t my fault after all – a professional grower friend tells me that my garlic have, most probably, white onion rot.
It’s stays in the soil for up to 20 years…
I’m so disappointed with myself.
I should have harvested my garlic a week or more ago.
Instead I left it and this week watered it along with everything else using the irrigation system because it was so dry – the driest May on record.
Note to self; the irrigation system is indiscriminate and so am I!
I forgot that garlic can succumb to mould in damp conditions, especially at the end of the growing season.
I’d say about two thirds of the crop is ruined for drying and storing.
I’ll have to chop and freeze it.
The Longor shallots which I had great hopes for are also a disaster.
They’ve dried off at the roots and come loose from the soil.
They’re very small and needed another month or two in the ground before they were ready for picking, drying and storing.
I did sow another shallot called Cuisse de Poulet from seed.
Will they redeem what has so far been a disheartening start to this year’s harvests?