Should I plant garlic where carrots had worms?

mlynneo(5)August 23, 2012

I have several 4x8 raised beds and I try to "rotate" my crops carefully. This year I got 33 gorgeous garlic bulbs in a bed and had planned to plant this Fall in the next bed over. However, my carrots in that bed had really bad worm holes in them. Black, gross. I didn't see any actual worms in them, but they had obviously been there. They could be wireworms. They could be carrot fly maggots. My question is "should I still plant my garlic in that bed or try to find another place and leave that one empty for a year?

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plainolebill(z8 OR)

Probably carrot rust fly, I agree yuk. They won't bother garlic - only carrots and Queen Anne's Lace.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 12:32AM
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mlynneo(5)

I see pictures of rust fly maggot damage and my carrots only had the tunnels in the top quarter or third, never lower. The leaves also were eaten and pale. Does that still sound like carrot rust fly?
I'm in southern Maine.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2012 at 8:14PM
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dsurg

All my carrots were cracked with brown wormy looking holes on the inside. A few white worms were seen on the inside as well. My parsnips and beets right next to the carrots seem to be fine. What's happening? I want to plant garlic in the same spot. Any problem with that? Do I need to do something with the soil before planting carrots next spring?

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 2:01PM
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dsurg

Is it safe to put worn infested carrots in my compost?

    Bookmark   October 24, 2012 at 4:59PM
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woohooman

dsurg:

Probably safe, but probably NOT wise. The general rule is to NOT compost diseased or infected organic matter. Just more to worry about the bad "stuff" surviving and propagating.

Even when hot composting, some weed seeds and the like DO survive. I find it's best to try to keep the populations of the non-beneficials as low as I can.

Kevin

    Bookmark   November 1, 2012 at 9:57PM
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LoboGothic(6b SW Ontario CANADA)

Nuke those wormy carrots in the microwave before tossing them into the compost pile.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 10:29AM
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runswithscissors(MT 4/5)

Hmmm, I had a similar problem this year with my carrots too. My carrots did not turn black, but they grew fat instead of long, and split. There some kind of worm that I could not find, made their holes. To top it off I had several forked carrots (root knot nematoes?)

I can't imagine garlic bulbs being affected. They are highly regarded as good companion plants as pest deterents.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2012 at 9:56PM
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