Falling Out

Today, I was in grave danger of having a major falling out with one of my dearest friends.

Yep - we went very close. 

Me and the plot very, very nearly fell out big time.

You see, this was the plot yesterday:

It's not the best photo, but trust me - all the plants were growing well (apparently).

Tonight, this is what the whole 'cauliflower' section looks like:

By the time we'd finished this evening, all seventy cauliflower 
plants have been pulled up and had been binned.
I am heartbroken. 

This is the reason.
(if you are squeamish, please look away now)

If you look closely, you will see a maggot (you have NO idea how difficult it is for me to even write that word without feeling squeamish. Yuck.)

It's the cabbage root fly's fault. Although they are called cabbage root flies, they actually prefer cauliflower to cabbage. Only two or three of our cabbages were affected. 

We've never been bothered by them before, but they lay their eggs near the base of the plant, the eggs hatch and the maggots eat at the root until there is nothing left of it. 

Oh boy, it's been heartbreaking pulling all these plants out of the ground....plants that looked the picture of health just a couple of days ago.

How clear it is that the ground has been cursed, and that, 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread' (Gen 3v19)


  1. Anne :o(

    I just don't know what to say... how heartbreaking for you!!! That is very sad for you.

    Big, big big hugs xxxxx

  2. I am so sorry about your cauliflower plants! I hope that you won't have any more problems with those flies and maggots. Seventy plants are a lot of work and time!


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