Alas, even when our carrots survived the resident groundhog and deergate 2k15, we still had to get rid of our crop. We started noticing that carrot leaves were turning red and brown, and that some of the stalks were breaking right off. Upon further inspection, we could see small white worms boring into the carrots. It is possible that these are carrot fly larvae. We could also see millipedes munching on the orange roots, possibly taking advantage of the damage that the carrot fly larvae caused. In the future, we should avoid planting carrots or other root vegetables in this bed, as some insect can overwinter in the soil and become a problem next year. Additionally, we could put a cover over carrots, stopping flying insects from getting the chance to lay eggs in the soil around the root vegetables.
Just because the weather is getting cooler doesn’t mean the garden is kaput! We have been planting some cool weather and cold-hardy plants like lettuce, spinach, radish, and kale. Hopefully we can provide food to the cafeteria and community all winter long.