[gardeners] Radish

byron bromley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Fri, 16 Mar 2001 08:13:24 -0500


Odds are your insect is wire worm.

Here's the problem,  Beneficial nematodes will kill them BUT.

Radish is a cool weather plant, Plant out with soil temp in the 40's.

Wireworm start working on the radish
as soon as it starts to bulb.

Beneficial nematodes need the soil temps above 50F.

The catch 22 is the Nematodes are too late.

Another method is to plant cubes of potatoes in the soil, check cubes daily
for worms,  Dispose of, if you find a worm.

Problem,  high daily maintance and cost.

Dish soap will kill on contact.  Trick is contact.

Some folks use  radish to catch wireworm.  I plant a barrier row of radish
around my root crops.

Regretfully,  diazinon does the best.