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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/27/2013, 10:57 pm

Any ideas on how to get rid of them before they get everything. My beets and carrots are in the same bed. I was so depressed to pull up my first little turnips only to find them ruined. :no:I've never grown turnips before and they look so good and healthy from above ground.
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Post  sanderson on 6/27/2013, 10:59 pm

Photos??
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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/28/2013, 12:13 am

Here are the pictures sanderson, thanks for looking. I'm worried about my other root veggies in the same bed.





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Post  Turan on 6/28/2013, 5:09 am

Root maggots can be controlled pretty well with parasitic nematodes.  I think you can apply after already seeding though it won't be as good as doing it before hand.

Here is what I applied to my beds after finding carrot root maggots last year...
http://www.planetnatural.com/product/beneficial-nematodes/

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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/29/2013, 4:20 pm

Can I buy live nematodes locally or is it only a mail order supply? Everything I see online seems to be mail order. Does the damage in the photo I posted previously look like damage from root maggots? I haven't seen the actual pest.
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Post  Turan on 6/29/2013, 6:36 pm

The tunnels and then resulting wound infection look like root maggot or wire worm (click beetle) damage to me.  You can cut out the bad parts and eat the rest. 
Planet Natural is local for me so that is where I got the beneficial nematodes.  I would not be surprised if you found that a good local nursery supply store in your area carries them, or can order them for you if you do not want to order online.

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Post  lyndeeloo on 6/29/2013, 7:04 pm

Thank you Turan!Very Happy
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