3 cunning plans to elude the carrot fly

I’ve never really had much luck with carrots. The first year I planted them in the roots bed, but they were annihilated by carrot flies. I’d even covered them up with an old bit of voile I had floating around (Cunning plan #1), but to no avail. The odd few that avoided the assault came out odd shapes 😦

The showgirl carrot

The showgirl carrot - Ooh la la!

The showgirl carrot's best kept secret!

I then  read somewhere that carrot flies can’t fly above a foot off the ground, so Cunning plan #2 came into play. I planted them in an old water butt that was a good metre high. I must have had SAS carrot flies in my garden, because once again, they were gnashed to pieces.

So, for two years I’ve either grown carrots that Esther Rantzen could have had good air time with, or ones that were so full of holes, they’d make excellent  flutes for bunnies, but rubbish snowmen’s noses…

It was now time to bring in the big boys. It was time to execute Cunning plan #3. This week I took delivery of three varieties of seeds that are resistant to the little blighters. If all goes to plan, I’ll be eating carrots for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With cake for afters. After all, I have 3500 seeds to get through!

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5 thoughts on “3 cunning plans to elude the carrot fly

    • From the top, you can’t tell. Then you pull the little blighters up and there are either brown rings around them, or worse still, holes nibbled into them. Either way, you wouldn’t fancy eating them. After two years of unsuccessful crops, I’m hoping to at least feed a small village on my harvest this year!

      • Try using seed tapes and then use enviromesh or fleece and four hoops about a metre apart.cover with the mesh remembering to bury it at the sides a couple of inches. You can now leave with no thinning out required just a bit of weeding now and again which is best done in the evening when the carrot fly aren’t active. Try this method and I guarantee yes! Guarantee a bumper crop of carrots. Good luck.

      • Thanks for that – I haven’t got seed tape, but I will try your method of covering them over. I’ve also planted some carrots in the greenhouse to plant on when they are a bit bigger. Hopefully they won’t mind too much being moved.

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