Plan your veggie garden to avoid Queensland Fruit Fly – why not try these plant options?
Roots and bulbs
Beetroot, Carrot, Turnip, Parsnip, Potatoes, Garlic, Onion.
Leafy greens, stems, and pods
Lettuce, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Rhubarb, Broccoli, Asian Vegetables (Wombak, Buk Choy, Snake Bean) beans and peas.
Herbs and spices
Rosemary, Turmeric, Mint, Ginger, Basil, parsley etc.
Pumpkin, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Squash, Cucumber, Corn
Note: Check fruit and vegetables with damaged or split skin as this creates a potential entry point for fruit fly to lay eggs.
Hosts within your vegetable garden
You will need to protect your vegetable garden as well as your fruit trees.
Fruiting vegetables in your vegetable garden
Tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, chilies and zucchinis can all be infested by Queensland fruit fly.
Generally vegetable gardens can be easier to protect from fruit fly due to the size, it can be more manageable to apply insect nets.