Novice veg grower needing help


I have just started to grow vegetables this year and have been successful with most of it. However, something has been eating my cauliflowers. I have had the caterpillars from the cabbage whites which I have kept in check . The main problem was what looked like maggots eating the plant from the roots. Any ideas what this is and how I can prevent it next year please.




  • catnipcatnip Posts: 67

    Grubs in soil is never a good thing...If it was 1 and a half to 2 inches long, fat and grey or brown it might be cutworm (they live near the surface); large curved grey ones living in the soil might be chafer grubs or they might be wireworm- smaller, shiny and slow moving. I'm an organic gardener so wouldn't use pesticides- I'd change the soil!

  • Mandy12Mandy12 Posts: 14

    Thanks for that info. The grubs I saw were quite small and looked very similar to white fly larvae maggots.

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Where they c- shaped and have dark heads?
  • Mandy12Mandy12 Posts: 14

    They were small, straight and to be honest, I didn,t take much notice of the heads. They were definately creamy white not grey or brown.

  • It could be cabbage root fly grubs the attack all brassicas you can rings that fit around

    the stems of cauliflowersor cabbages to prevent the female fly from lying eggs near the plants hope this helps Mandy

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