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sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 19 9:40 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I've grown carrots in a big tub this year and I was wondering how long I can leave them in there before I need to pull them?

Thanks

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
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Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 19 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Try one and see!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 19 11:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if they are in clumps tis best to take a whole clump rather than one in the middle and upset the rest/ attract vermin.

even tiny ones are delicious and the extra space is better for getting bigger ones.

re that have you checked thinning carrots ?
which is part of the game

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 19 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks DPack.

I have read about thinning carrots but then I didn't do it this year because I'd read somewhere that if you didn't thin them it helped stop carrot fly.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 16, 19 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if you do it carefully and mash a couple of carrots and tops as a distraction some distance from the carrot bed.

not a gnt of no root fly interest but alleged to help

the sacrificial distraction can also help when planting out tender young things.
use normal slimey hoard measures but a bit of shredded lettuce or better still hostas placed so they find them before they get to the plantlets does help keep them off

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 19 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well I got down to my allotment yesterday and something had ransacked the carrot tub. I wish I'd have asked your advise after I'd pulled the one carrot. Doing that obviously gave the critter the thought that it had carte blanch to have a yummy and health meal on me. Buggers!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 19 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's a shame Sgt. Colon. I assume you mean something dug them up and ate them. Rabbit perhaps?

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 19 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, it had eaten a few of them MR but was kind enough to leave me some as well. I can't think that I've ever seen a rabbit down the allotment but I guess that doesn't mean there aren't any. Do squirrels eat carrots? We have a couple of those.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 19 5:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I wouldn't be at all surprised. They are omnivorous so will eat virtually anything. That is what makes them so successful.

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 19 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

squizzers are a fair bet , as are bunnies or rats.

the teeth marks are all slightly different as are the other signs such as footprints, strands of fur etc etc.

a spade is a better weapon than a fork

if it a mammal rather than a bird extra hot chilli powder might well put them off.

physical protection can work but knowing what you need to repel or exclude helps.

I planted peas under chicken wire to stop pigeons eating them before or during germination, chilli keeps the mice away.

I have seen raw carrot in fox poo so they cannot be excluded from the usual suspects.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 19 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll remember the spade advice DPack.

Small claw makes on a couple of the carrots, so I'm guessing Rat or squirrel. Next year I'll pop chilli powder down.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 19 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the kilo bags from shops that cater for fast food outlets as well as domestic are pretty good value.

squizzers and rats might like ancho, but they do not like extra hot with added sudan red

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 19 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And if you see a squirrel or rat going around breathing fire, you will really know the culprit.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 19 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the last rat that tried to re squat under the shed did not enjoy the chilli based area denial weapon.

for spaces etc use a tincture and sprayer

9 pts water
1 part turps
enough detergent or washing up liquid to get it to form an emulsion when shaken

add whole chillies and steep for a week or so shaking now and again
filter through fine sieve into sprayer

cover all surfaces, it will work for months if the surface is protected from rain and sun

for plants etc powder works well but needs replacing after rain

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 19 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
And if you see a squirrel or rat going around breathing fire, you will really know the culprit.




Thanks for the solution mix DPack

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