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Post  NowWeAreFour on 10/25/2019, 5:56 pm

Went out to pull a bunch to make dinner, and I found them all infested, with borers in the bodies of every Giant Musselburgh left in my garden. I'm so sad! This is the first time I've ever managed to grow big, beautiful leeks to full-size. At least we got to eat 8-9 of them before it was too late.

I know the leek moth is pretty new to the US. Does anyone else deal with this? Is it something I should report?

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Post  countrynaturals on 10/25/2019, 9:34 pm

@NowWeAreFour wrote:Went out to pull a bunch to make dinner, and I found them all infested, with borers in the bodies of every Giant Musselburgh left in my garden. I'm so sad! This is the first time I've ever managed to grow big, beautiful leeks to full-size. At least we got to eat 8-9 of them before it was too late.

I know the leek moth is pretty new to the US. Does anyone else deal with this? Is it something I should report?

Thanks,

Leekless in NJ
That's awful! very sad I lost all of my zucchini and my whole pear harvest (2) to deer this year, so I feel your pain. All that work and no reward. Just lost 2/3 of my leeks to leek moths *sob* 671790
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Post  NowWeAreFour on 10/25/2019, 10:40 pm

Ugh, zucchini. We usually get a couple and then the rest go down to borers and/or powdery mildew almost immediately. The pears would really break my heart, though. 

I appreciate the commiseration. At least my potatoes never let me down! Here's to 2020...  Just lost 2/3 of my leeks to leek moths *sob* 3170584802
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Post  sanderson on 10/26/2019, 4:23 am

Do you think covering your leeks with secure bridal tulle will help? I looked it up and it is a serious invasive pest to alliums in the Great Lake area and CA, OR. I think I will cover the garlic bed!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 10/26/2019, 7:58 am

Hate to hear that! Yes, I would report it...
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Post  NowWeAreFour on 10/26/2019, 9:39 am

Well, I just did some more reading and this time came up with onion maggots instead, and they do indeed look more like what I found. Whew! That's a small bit of good news at least--although onion maggots look more prevalent so more likely to be an on going problem. 

Yes, row covers look like the primary non-chemical solution. Maybe it's time for the hoop house I've been putting off forever. I can plant broccoli and cauliflower again too, while I'm at it!
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Post  sanderson on 10/27/2019, 2:28 pm

I plant moth/butterfly susceptible plants under bridal tulle.  The garlic bed has a frame so covering wouldn't be a problem.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 10/27/2019, 3:34 pm

Sanderson,

I have a question.  I love your PVC frames, but do they ever tilt or tip over in the wind?  Are they secured to the boxes with brackets, or something similar?
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Post  sanderson on 11/1/2019, 10:25 pm

Donna, no.  They are extremely sturdy, what with the gable design.  The legs slip into 1" 'cup holders' which are strapped inside the beds.  They fittings are not glued, but rather, held together horizontally with string tension wires.  Just lost 2/3 of my leeks to leek moths *sob* Table_40

The same gable design worked great for the green house.  Nothing glued, just vertical and horizontal string tension wires.  The plastic sheeting was left long enough to tuck under the floor joists and 5-gallon buckets / wood bench legs.  Just lost 2/3 of my leeks to leek moths *sob* Hot_ho15

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Post  donnainzone5 on 11/2/2019, 1:06 pm

Sanderson,

Thank you for the detailed information and pictures!  

Please pardon my ignorance, but what is string tension wire?  Is it threaded inside the PVC pipes?  The only protective cover I'm experienced with is Mel's hoop house.
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Post  sanderson on 11/4/2019, 4:22 am

"Tension wire" something to pull tightly between 2 items. I use regular cotton string, though wire, coated wire, twine, whatever, can be used. The strings bind opposing pieces together so they won't slip out of the fittings during wind. Binder clips secure the plastic covering so the whole thing is remarkably secure. Just lost 2/3 of my leeks to leek moths *sob* Hot_ho17

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Post  donnainzone5 on 11/4/2019, 11:47 am

Thanks for the helpful illustration!

Binder clips are already a go-to item in my garden, and elsewhere.
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