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How can I avoid getting rust on my garlic?

Traditionally the shortest day of the year - 21 June, is the time to plant garlic but anytime from May through till the end of July is usually fine. However, last year a lot of people struggled with rust (pictured). 

Rust is a fungal disease that affects garlic, leeks and onions. It can impact bulb development and also kill your whole crop.

Rust doesn’t cause too much of a problem if the garlic bulb is well-established before it gets the rust but it can cause stunted plants if your garden gets hit with it early.

So, to avoid that happening we recommend getting your garlic plants in as early as possible. Look for a place with good air circulation and if you had rust in the last 2-3 years on your garlic or onions, make sure you plant them in a different spot this year.  Dig in some compost, and a good general fertiliser or use a potting mix if you're planting in baskets or pots. Dig a little hole and place each garlic plant inside it. Fill it in with soil so the leaves stick out the top.

Once a month put 20ml of liquid copper  in a watering can and water your garlic.

If you do get rust on your garlic go here for tips on what to do. For tips on harvesting your garlic go here.

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