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Radish failure - maggots?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 10:07

Hi again, Meredith.....yes you can plant whatever you want wherever you want, these pests are specific to the plants, not the soil.

Not sure a cloche would be the most appropriate for your carrots at this time of year, probably something like fleece to prevent access to the flies laying their eggs. Your carrots will be particularly vulnerable when you disturb them when thinning out......the carrot fly can detect the smell from long distances.

I would wish to encourage you, not to put you off, but it has to be remembered that everything we plant has a little critter just waiting to spoil the party....but it's great when you get the hang of maximising your chances.

Good luck....here when you need us,

 

Radish failure - maggots?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:37

Hello, Meredith....crikey, you've got a lot going on there.

These maggots in your radish are the same as those that attack brassicas and other root vegetables, though I've never had problems with them attacking beetroot. 

Carrots do have maggots, but these are the grubs of the carrot fly and you need to be really vigilant to avoid these little blighters.

Radish with lots of leaves and no radish - most probably as a result of the seed being sown too thickly or they have not been thinned out sufficiently. Those in your pic with damage to the outer skin, is slug or snail damage.

Please don't be disheartened, these are all run of the mill problems that once you're aware of you'll take in your stride.

New to this gardening

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 22:30

Well I'm not bonkers!

Marigolds looking... well weird

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:53

Think they are French marigold (or Tagetes), SweetPea.

help my apple tree!

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 18:34

If it wasn't a systemic spray such as glyphosate you'll probably be okay.

JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 11:25

I know how you feel, Mike.....had a spot of bother myself last year and it pained me to see nature trying to reclaim my lovely garden. The experience however did cause me to think of such things as 'should I be growing fruit 'n veg on this scale'?

I think next year there will be some downsizing.

Garden tattoos? Or generally cool and interesting tattoos?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 11:02

I've never given them much thought really....cept to know they're not for me personally. As it happens my son & daughter don't seem to have the inclination either.....although I have to admit, I did dread my son turning up with a safety-pin through his nose in the punk era. My grandson (21) and granddaughter (18) also remain untatted.

Given the permanency of the things I do wonder why youngsters would have the names of their girlfriend/boyfriend etched on their necks at a very early stage in their relationship.

I too think SweetPea's look nice.    

sweetpea problem

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 08:05

Someone else with 11 acres?

Mature Trees in Staffordshire

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 08:00

Lynn - You could try P D Nurseries, located between Kings Bromley and Yoxall on the A515.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:16

An excellent choice, scroggin and I hope they will do well for you. Probably my favourite from that collection would be 'Julie Ann' , bred by Eagle themselves and does really well on the show bench.

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