|Seemingly recovered cauliflower.|
But, I pulled up the plant and inspected the root. There it was, an ugly maggot.
|Root maggot. I broke off the root and let the chickens have a go at it.|
Some varieties of brassicas are resistant to the root maggot. He did not say which in this book. Perhaps he mentions the varieties in his other book, which I cannot seem to find at the moment.
In addition he mentioned the work of a man named Blair Adams, who found that wood ashes placed around the plants will actually attract maggots to the soil. But, what does work (even better than traditional barrier methods, he says) is a ring of fresh sawdust placed around the plants, and hilling the soil a little around the plants so that the roots are buried a little deeper.
Evidently parasitic nematodes work well, as long as the nematodes are fresh and haven't been sitting around.
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