Well, the devastation is more in my heart. I’m cross, frustrated and feeling pretty damned flat to be honest. Martin is the one likely to be most devastated.
I’ve had 3 wonky garlic plants in the garden now for a while which I’ve been watching and trying to decide what to do about them. Sadly I wasn’t at my brightest as it never occurred to me to dig the silly things up. I wish I had. I finally hit up Dr Google the other day to research what causes curled stunted and yellowed leaves in garlic and I was gutted to learn that there are dozens of things that do. 😦 No help there. I kept reading, trawling through agriculture reports with pesticide recommendations (bleuch :() and finally hit upon what I thought was right. I kept reading. Yep, things fitted. But did they really. Onion Yellow Dwarf Virus or OYDV seemed to fit but just not quite right so I kept reading then tripped across onion maggots.
As I’ve mentioned before I am not so good with creepy crawlies so I was not looking forward to researching this topic too much I can tell you. I read up somewhat, looked at a picture or 2 and found that symptoms seemed to fit VERY closely. Then I found this blog post and the picture (4th picture down) of the stunted garlic looked very familiar. Here’s my garlic for comparison.
So this morning I went out to find out. NOT a happy morning. Digging for maggots is not what would call a great start to the day. Finding them makes it even worse. Here is what I dug up and saw this morning. 😦
I am now trying to decide what to do with the rest of the garlic in that bed, the 2 beds of potato onions, the bed of leeks and onions (one of the leeks had been gifted but the recipient has been warned not to compost the roots and to keep a close eye out). The leeks, onions and potato onions all appear to be happy and healthy but I have noticed some yellowing in the leaves of other garlic although the leaves are appearing healthy otherwise. What to do. Dig up all the garlic in the bed with the 3 infested plants? Dig up the neighbouring bed too, one or all? How very frustrating and it’s pretty devastating for the prospect of us harvesting a years supply of garlic for my garlic addicted husband.
If I have identified them wrong and you can point me in the right direction, or if you have dealt with the same problem and have any hints and tips I would greatly appreciate any advice you have to share.
It’s not a good day in the garden. 😦