Why are my Collards, Broccoli, and Bok Choy (Brassicas) Wilting? How to Manage Cabbage Root Maggot

Wilting Collards

I had quite a bit of trouble trying to diagnose what was causing my collards, bok choy, and broccoli to wilt. There are a few different things that can cause it. My first thought were fungal pathogens. I've dealt with them before, primarily root rot with squash when I was living and gardening in Chicago.  I've never had root rot affect my brassicas though. Some more research made me thing that it was perhaps clubroot, which is common in brassicas (like collards, bok choy, cabbage, broccoli, … [Read more...]

Why are My Seedlings (That Were Doing Great) Dying?

Here they are all cozy in their sauna...

Well, I finally have a minute to sit down and write a gardening post, unfortunately, it's an organic gardening mishap! I'm so sad, all of a sudden, all of my cauliflower and most of my Waltham 29 broccoli wilted and died...completely out of nowhere (I also accidentally killed the majority of my peppers but I blame my 18 month old for turning on the heat mat when I didn't know it so they dried out super quick). Both germinated great using the same method I have used for the last 4 years. I … [Read more...]