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Phoenix School Learning Garden is focused on teaching students agricultural practices with hands-on experiences. Through this blog we hope to educate others and also learn from community members through discussions.

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October 2015

Carrot-tastrophy

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.

You can see a small white worm halfway down this skinny carrot.
You can see a small white worm halfway down this skinny carrot.
The discolored carrot leaves were an indicator that something was going wrong.
The discolored carrot leaves were an indicator that something was going wrong.
A carrot fly larvae can be seen at the top of this carrot.
A carrot fly larvae can be seen at the top of this carrot.
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Cool weather planting

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.

Planting some lettuce, spinach, and other cool weather plants!
Planting some lettuce, spinach, and other cool weather plants!
Red lettuce and lettuce sprouts!
Red lettuce and lettuce sprouts!

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