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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?



  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

    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 guiltyimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,828

    I agree with Cod image


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

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

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I agree with cod too.

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


  • discodavediscodave Posts: 510

    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.

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    imageWhere did cod goimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,828

    Got eaten on Friday image

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

  • image I agree - these temporary name changes confuse! image

  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267


  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,802

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

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,157

    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.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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