this year the crop yet again has been atacked by carrot fly.....Read more
Definately worth it
Several things you can try
Enviromesh is the best bet put can be expensive
You can also plant garlic and onions in between the rows of carrots
Many top showers are now using a spray called Garlic Wonder, I sprayed my allotment carrots with it and didn't have any problems this year with carrot fly and they were in the open
You can grow them in deep containers raised up off the ground rather than the open soil. As Darren says, enviromesh is excellent and if you grow in containers it is fairly easy to knock up a frame to cover them.
These were grown in a plastic flower bucket under a mesh frame.
The myth of carrot fly not to be able to fly high, is exactly that, a myth
If yo rely on hight to prevent the fly then you still run a risk, as I know growers who sow carrots in 3' drums on top of 2' raised beds, 5' high and have still have carrot fly problems
I discovered that to my cost several years ago which is why I always use enviromesh now.
Just a shame is is so costly
By the time you go to all that extent, it would probably be cheaper to buy carrots in, not as good I know
Not expensive, Darren. I use Veggiemesh which is the same as enviromesh but half the price. I also make successional sowings over a six month period so I get a lot of carrots for the few quid it cost for the mesh.
Where do ytou get your Veggiemesh from Colin ?
From Gardening Naturally, Darren. Here's the link
Cheers Colin, appreciated
It is about 30p cheaper per meter in comparison to Harods Horticulture but I get the finer mesh 0.25mm x 0.8mm ultra fine mesh which is a lot more expensive
Maybe I'll try the normal mesh to see if it deters the same
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