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Carrot root fly prevention

March 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Question
Do you have any advice on carrot root fly?
Answer
Carrot root fly
If you grow carrots you will at some stage have problems with carrot root fly. The flies home in on the smell of the carrots and lay their eggs in the young carrots. To prevent this, sow as thinly as possible by mixing the seed with silver sand before sowing in the seed drills. This avoids having to thin the carrots out. Normally, as they are thinned out the breaking of the stems creates a lot of scent attracting the carrot flies.
As the carrots grow earth them up to cover the carrot root top, as you do potatoes and finally use Enviromesh Insect Protection Netting as this helps stop the carrot flies reaching the carrots.
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