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?
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
I agree with Cod
What sort of damage are you finding on your carrots? Do you have any photos?
I agree with cod too.
Always thought woodlice were good guys, happy to be wrong.
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.
I agree - these temporary name changes confuse!
Just read in the paper-Carole Klein calls them the good guys as well-woodlice that is
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.
I read ages ago that if you have wood lice you have a healthy organic garden. Don't look very nice though do they
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!