This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

carrot problems

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Aarrgg! My carrots are all infested with root maggots. They look disgusting. I will have to pull and dispose of the entire crop. Very disappointing.

Root maggot controls include crop rotation, immediate turning of soil in the fall, beneficial nematodes, and row covers. Next year I hope to plant my carrots in my new community garden plot, which will have more sun. It looks like people there worry more about rabbits as carrots are covered with chicken wire not fabric.

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Blogger Vanillalotus said...

I'm sorry for you carrot lose. You learn from your mistakes. Better luck next year with your community garden plot

October 27, 2007 2:32 PM

Blogger Julie said...

Coffee grounds on top of the soil seems to keep the root maggots at bay for me... For radishes too.

October 27, 2007 8:27 PM

Anonymous Patrick said...

Most people here use row covers. Carrot flies can also smell freshly dug carrots, so be sure to remove these from the area of the carrots still growing as soon as possible.

I had a small problem with these last year for the first time.

October 28, 2007 5:13 PM

Blogger carletongardener said...

I'm being lazy and the dug carrots are still out there. This weekend I hope to clean up. I pulled several from different areas and it seems the whole crop is badly affected. I'll go with row covers next year. I have a new system of hoops I'm putting in on a couple of beds.

October 31, 2007 9:57 PM


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