Hello to you all,
I had an enquiry the other day and I thought I would post a bit of info here FYI, given that it might I and that you do grow GARLIC.
White rot is a mean fungus which is one of the few pests that may attack your garlic container in cooler climes. It attacks the roots and the lower leaves of the plants ad is a white powdery stuff that is motr opaque and solid looking than powdery mildew or similar other fungi.
Unfortunately, the spores of this fungus live on in the soil for years afterwards and there is not much you can do except throw away the soil, clean your pots well (soak them in vinegar water) and rotate your vegetable crops - and by this I mean do not grow garlic in that same pot for a year or two afterwards.
This particular fungus only likes garlic and sometimes onions, so it is safe to grow other vegetables or flowers in the clean ex-garlic pot (with new soil).
Luckily I have never experienced this but I have a garden companion in another province who has, so this advice also comes from her.
As you know Garlic is a natural pest repellent (together with chillies and mixed in with dishwasher liquid for a spray) and so is a pretty resistant herb and food to grow - and besides being a king in the kitchen it has many health benefits too.
Do you grow your own garlic? Do tell and I say thanks.
Edited by Lestie - ContainerGardens (10/22/12 01:12 PM)
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