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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 9:28 am    Post subject: Thinning carrots - windy or calm day ?? Reply with quote

Hi

is it best to thin carrots on a windy day or a calm day as different books say the exact opposite of each other.

Both could make sense perhaps
calm = smell does not spread and attract root flies from another garden
Windy = smell is spread far from the carrots quickly and flies do not know it is coming from ????

What do you think

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Thinning carrots - windy or calm day ?? Reply with quote

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is it best to thin carrots on a windy day or a calm day as different books say the exact opposite of each other.

Both could make sense perhaps
calm = smell does not spread and attract root flies from another garden
Windy = smell is spread far from the carrots quickly and flies do not know it is coming from ????



My tried and tested method.........

To prevent attracting carrot root fly by scent, you should thin on a calm evening and try to avoid crushing any carrot foliage whilst doing so. There is no use in lifting thinnings for transplanting as they will just produce malformed roots. Remove the thinnings from site and water the crop well afterwards.

I have a whole section on carrots here...... http://www.allotments.ie/?p=1000

I should also add that I plunge the thinnings into tub of water as i thin. That helps keep the scent down also.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone ever seen a carrot root fly in the flesh. every time people see holes the say its carrot root fly. it could also be wire worms, weevils, rust fly maggot, and finally holes from over watering.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks James for that
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are these pests really a problem at this time of year?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think were looking to the future here.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahhhh sure I wouldn't know. Thought it was a current question. I still have carrots out in the drills, picking them as I need them.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you may cast your fly further out in to the stream this fish aint biting today, Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wrong thread???
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