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Q.Maggots in Tomato Garden

lizc721 added on April 9, 2011 | Answered

I worked really hard preparing my garden box (about 6 feet by 4 feet) and have a mixture of mushroom compost, manure, and soil. Last year I grew delicious tomatoes! I just finished preparing my garden, when my husband went around to the back of the shed and brought a half opened bag of wet manure he left there from last year. Laughing, he tossed it into my garden and announces “fresh maggots!” I can’t believe he did that! I desperately tried to get everything out – but i know some spread! HELP!!!

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Answered on April 11, 2011

While it was gross that he did that, this should not cause problems for your vegetables. If you are concerned that they may be larva of a pest, you can treat the soil with neem oil. It is organic and safe for people, pets and beneficial bugs but will stop larva from maturing and they will die.

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