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Kiramoto88
Jul 25, 2017 4:51 PM CST
I found small white worms in my turnips. Is it safe to cut away the bad parts and use the rest of the turnip or do i have to throw the whole thing? I hate wasting food and this garden was supposed to get us through the winter.
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Paul2032
Jul 25, 2017 5:00 PM CST
Depends on how fussy you are. I am not adverse to cutting out worms, splits, bruises, etc. Does make for shorter storage.
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Philipwonel
Jul 25, 2017 5:03 PM CST
I would use the good part.
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Kiramoto88
Jul 25, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Thank you. From the looks of it i think its too late to treat the garden for pests. Everything is ready to harvest. This is our first year doing a big garden. Got alot to learn. I didnt know turnip roots could get infested.
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greene
Jul 25, 2017 5:09 PM CST
They may be cabbage root maggots, or maybe some other thing. Yes, cut away and discard the affected parts and use/eat the good parts. Next year be ready to discourage the problem by using a cover over your plants such as Remay, floating row cover, or other such material so the flies and/or moths (whatever is causing the problem) cannot lay their eggs.
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Kiramoto88
Jul 25, 2017 5:41 PM CST
That sounds spendy. Are there cheaper methods to keep them away or prevent infestation? Tight on money. . .
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greene
Jul 25, 2017 5:43 PM CST
How long is the row of turnips? If it is a modest size, I can send some of the cloth to you in the mail so you can use it next season.
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Kiramoto88
Jul 25, 2017 6:16 PM CST
Its actually fairly decent sized, each row is about 30 ft long. And we plant several other produce that needs protecting too. We got kale, letuce, corn, brocoli, tomatoe, pumpkin, radish, onion, 3 rows of diffwerent squash, zuchinni, cucumber. Theres other stuff too.
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Kiramoto88
Jul 25, 2017 6:23 PM CST
I looked up the fabric. Its not as expensive as i thought. Not sure about the wire.

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