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Q.Root maggots destroyed garden, now what?

Zone 6a | jules2284 added on June 12, 2012 | Answered

I planted some radishes at the end of April. Just went out to harvest them and they were all full of root maggots. I’ve searched online and all information I’ve found says there’s no way to get rid of them, and that they’re common in the spring. Does that mean I can plant more seeds in the summer? Or will they still get infected? I use a SFG garden, so I’d like to be able to plant something there. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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Answered on June 13, 2012

The best thing you can do is add a pesticide to the soil. This will kill the root maggots and prevent any further damage. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/root-eating-insects-identifying-vegetable-root-maggots-and-root-maggot-control.htm

Before replanting anything, I would recommend solarizing the soil to kill off any pests or disease that remain. This should help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-solarize-garden-beds-to-eliminate-garden-pests-in-the-soil.htm

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