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Carrot root top damage - culprit sought

Hi all,

I pulled the fleece back on the bed containing my carrots and parsnips this morning to find what look like bite marks in the top part of virtually of my carrots roots. I've attached a picture of some of the affected carrots. Having searched around on the web, it appears that this could be the result of vowels - I think I've ruled out slugs, root fly and doves (the fleece blew off last night, so it's possible they snook in first thing this morning before I got to my allotment). I'd really appreciate people's opinions on whether my rash detective work is valid or not. I've pulled all the carrots up and am gearing myself up for a few batches of soup, so I've not come awayt empty handed. However, I'm now concerned about my parsnips, beetroot, turnips, celeriac, celery and winter squashes, and whether any of these could fall foul of the same voracious feeder. Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Kind regards


  • Neil75Neil75 Posts: 12

    Apologies,  I'll try again to upload the image.. image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 84,024

    I think that's slug damage aided and abetted by voles, or voles aided and abetted by slugs image

    Last edited: 05 October 2017 14:19:28

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Neil75Neil75 Posts: 12

    Thanks,  DFA! God help us if they are working in teams :-( we are doomed!! 

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