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29/03/2013 at 19:16

I grow carrots in soil + compost in stacked tyres to prevent damage from carrot fly which works well, but increasingly I'm finding the soil the soil riddled with woodlice and they seem to be damaging the carrots towards the end of their growing season. I like to garden organically as much as possible, especially since there are bee hives nearby, but I'm getting a bit desperate! Can anyone suggest anything?

29/03/2013 at 19:36

Something else is damaging the carrots then the woodlice move in-there is nothing you can use chemically to get rid of them and nor should you-they are the gardeners friend- do little damage and just eat rubbish

But they like dark moist spots-so under the tryes is ideal

This is something you will just have to put up with by gardening in this way-but they are not guilty

29/03/2013 at 20:06

I agree with Cod 


What sort of damage are you finding on your carrots?  Do you have any photos?

29/03/2013 at 23:30

I agree with cod too.

Always thought woodlice were good guys, happy to be wrong.


30/03/2013 at 07:44

I agree with the above comments. Woodlice like sheltered dark spots to hide & live, they don't eat healthy plants, ony clean up dead and decaying material. There must be another culprit.

30/03/2013 at 23:53

Where did cod go

31/03/2013 at 09:31

Got eaten on Friday 

31/03/2013 at 10:29

 I agree - these temporary name changes confuse!

31/03/2013 at 21:35

31/03/2013 at 21:48

Just read in the paper-Carole Klein calls them the good guys as well-woodlice that is

31/03/2013 at 21:51

They are good guys and I think it's very kind of wightgardener to build them such a nice home. They love things to get under. Can't move anything here without a crowd tumbling out.

31/03/2013 at 22:02
I ate the cod ...with chips he was quite tasty bar a few lumps
31/03/2013 at 22:06

31/03/2013 at 22:20

I read ages ago that if you have wood lice you have a healthy organic garden. Don't look very nice though do they

31/03/2013 at 22:39
Tasty oestro they say ... I put up with the lumps , I shall send cod your way for you to sample
31/03/2013 at 22:40
Bjay ...snails, slugs, worms , lice you name it's here ...doesn't help though hehehehe
12/04/2013 at 11:07

Thanks for the comments guys! Looks like I'll have to harvest my carrots earlier & just be glad I have a 'healthy organic garden'!  Off down the plot now. Happy gardening!

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