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What's going on with my root vegetables

Post  anymoron on 8/1/2010, 11:00 pm

I have 6 squares of root vegetables, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, carrots and sweet potatoes.

They all appear to be doing well. Root vegetables are at the rear



I had an infestation of cabbage loopers but used BT which appeared to care of that little problem. I've been watching for them to re-apear and have seen some on my collard, but not on any of the root vegetables recently.

However, it looks like something else has been laying eggs on the leaves and eating the leaves in these beds.

When googling it looks like there are only a couple of things it could be (looper, aphids, flee beetles, etc.) but, I haven't actually been able to catch anything in the act of munching on them so I'm not sure.

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Any ideas?

Also Saturday afternoon I noticed one of the turnip had wilted so I pulled it.




It was about the size of a baseball and looked ok so I snipped off the top an put it in the fridge. Tonight I cut it in half and found it was full of smelly slime instead of turnip. Is this caused by root maggot?



Any input would be appreciated. I have a lot of these planted and it would be a shame to lose them. Baked root vegetables is one of our favorites.

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Post  chocolatepop on 8/1/2010, 11:16 pm

Humm, those eggs kinda look like cabbage worm eggs, and I KNOW you pain!! I lost ALLLLLLLL my turnips to root maggots, f&#*@)FJJFA*$*&@P]f&#*@)FJJFA*$*&@P)%]f&#*@)FJJFA*$*&@P)

i was told to rotate crop (which I did) and use row cover on them to prevent the fly from landing and laying. Someone also recommended BT at ground level.
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Post  anymoron on 8/2/2010, 7:59 pm

Thanks for the response.

Sorry to hear about your loss.

So now that I know that I have root maggots, am I better off to leave them or should I harvest all the turnips now in hopes of salvaging some.

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Post  chocolatepop on 8/2/2010, 10:27 pm

Honestly, IDK. I pulled all mine HOPING there would be one to salvage. How big are the others? I would be tempted to say pull em. I've researched and havent found much on these creatures Sad

weird thing is there isnt any tunneling, just mush. Did you see any entry holes? Pull another one and see what that one looks like.
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Post  sceleste54 on 8/2/2010, 10:38 pm

Makes you kinda hesitant bite right in doesn't it?? That would be a nasty surprise if you baked them whole !! What a bummer....

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Post  anymoron on 8/2/2010, 11:21 pm

I pulled the one right next to it tonight. It looked fine to me, but then again, so did the rotten one. I was pretty surprised when I cut into it. The smell hit me before I saw the slime.

From looking at the tops they seem to range from the size of the one in the pictures below down to golf ball size.

I suppose I could take a 50/50 approach and just go through and pick the big ones, then leave the rest to grow or get eaten and see what happens. Or I just cut my losses and cash out now while I'm still ahead.

Here is are a few pictures of the one I pulled tonight. It's probably one of the bigger ones. On the surface it looks perfect. But now they're all suspect.






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Post  chocolatepop on 8/3/2010, 12:01 am

so pretty! I hope no more gooey surprises
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