This is my blog from September 18th last year:
"Today has marked the passing of our last ever crop of garlic in this garden. After a couple of years of getting the rust, we thought we could beat it with a strict spray regime, earlier planting and wider spacing - but alas it was not to be. Our garlic once again succumbed to the rust. Is it in the air? The soil? Stuck to my gardening gloves? Who knows - but we were truly devastated when we pulled out 60 cloves and laid them to rest in the wheelie bin. We have not given up entirely though. Next year we intend planting some bulbs at our son and his partners lifestyle property a hundred k's away from our rust infected garden. We will pay them of course - in garlic"
We have been true to our word and not planted garlic in our garden this year, but we have gone further afield. 62 cloves were planted in April at our son and his partners property in the middle of a paddock in the Manawatu and another 62 bulbs in our other sons vegie garden in Whanganui but several k's away from our infected site. So far (touch wood) they are all looking okay. We have made numerous trips to spray, feed, weed and offer some long distance love - let's hope that this year the love pays off!!