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Last year I sowed 10 rows of carrots, one after the other as each time the seedlings raised their heads they were eaten by, I assume, slugs.
I treated the soil with nematodes but to no avail. I cannot use slugs pellets etc as I have a resident hedgehog and loads of frogs in the garden.
Tried again this year and had very successful germination only for them all to disappear only three days later.
I know it's a perennial question but does anyone have any ideas. What is really odd is that the 3 years previously I grew fab carrots with no issues. Mr hedgehog wasn't resident then.
I do grow some in pots but it's not the same.
To be honest with you, I surround my carrots with net, just high enough so I can get my legs over so I can weed etc. But I mainly do this to protect them from carrot fly which can ruin my full crop. A net might keep Mr hedgehog out from the carrot patch.
Also, there are wildlife friendly slug pellets on the market these days, I think they are slighty more expensive then their cheaper counterparts. However, I have not tryed them, as I do not use pellets, but this could be another option for you.
As Marshmello says, there are safe wildlife-friendly slug pellets available, and they co-exist very happily with my large bird population, hedgehogs and frogs galore. The pellets linked to above are not a poison, but a chemical that affects slugs and snails by drying them and making them feel vile. As a result, they crawl away and hide to die. The pellets themselves break down into fertilizer after six weeks.
Brilliant news about the pellets, will pick some up today.
I cover my carrots with fleece, making sure the edges of the fleece are buried. this makes a physical barrier which the slugs can't break. It also prevents carrot fly.
Or as people have said use slug pellets but make sure they're pet and wildlife friendly !
also a good tip the slugs dont like crushed egg shells that works
This year i have put a 2" wide barrier of sand around my carrot bed so far no slugs
After a gap of 30yrs, I have started growing my own veg again - in raised beds, covered with Enviromesh, That I hope will keep out pretty much all predators.
Does it not occur to anybody that slug pellets are not hedgehog friendly; never, ever. If you kill all the slugs what are the hedgehogs to eat? It is not a case of poisoning the hedgehogs, it's starving them.