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Jun 21, 2016 6:10 AM CST
First ever planting of radishes and consequently worms. Have pulled the crop, now want to plant spinach in same area. Will there still be larvae from the worms that infested the radishes and if so how do I get rid of that. Looking for natural solution if possible
Name: Thomas
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Jun 21, 2016 9:11 AM CST
Welcome watergrove,

Turn your soil every day for several days and lightly apply some Sevin Dust. Wait about a week and turn the soil again before new plants are added.

Good luck Welcome!
Name: Robyn
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Jun 21, 2016 9:11 AM CST
Radishes are one thing I have some real experience in! Smiling
Do you have any pictures of the damage caused by the worms? Or even of the worm itself? There are a few different kinds.

Also, I'm growing white radish and cherry radish (right next to each other) and even that slight difference brings different bugs. The white radish leaves are far more prone to bugs and worms (and leaf miners! UGH) than the darker, tougher, pricklier cherry radish leaves. I also have spinach growing in that same location. The aphids love the spinach but the worms and leaf miners tend to leave my spinach alone.

You could get some neem oil and spray the soil pretty well before replanting. There's also a post somewhere around this site with advice on using hydrogen peroxide. I've also been spraying nematodes in the garden and establishing a strong population of green lacewings and ladybugs. On top of all that, if there is an area I'm concerned about, I will check it a few times each day and pick off the bugs and toss them into soapy water.

Good luck! I love using my radish greens. :)
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Jun 21, 2016 2:26 PM CST
Maybe I shouldn't be -- but I'm assuming we'er talking about root maggots?
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