Root Knot Nemesis

Root Knot Nematodes – My Nemesis:

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Some have asked about root knot nematodes. I just pulled these plants out of the garden that have this problem. They are microscopic creatures that infect the root system of plants. Once in the soil, they are very difficult to eradicate.

As you can see, these plants would have a hard time getting the nutrients they need. They began suffering from other diseases as well. Eventually, little or no fruit, and generally sad looking plants… First two photos show one tomato plant. You can see the small ripe tomato. This is supposed to be a beefsteak!

The third photo is borage – sorry it is out of focus. But I wanted to document that the nematodes do attack borage as well….

The fourth is another tomato plant.

Frustrating!

Root Knot Nemesis

Cladius difformis – a Sawfly whose larvae are commonly called Bristly Rose Slug

Something is eating my rose leaves

Turns out to be Cladius difformis – a Sawfly whose larvae are commonly called Bristly Rose Slug

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Cladius difformis – a Sawfly whose larvae are commonly called Bristly Rose Slug