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what happened to my carrot seedlings?

I planted carrot seeds more than a week back & the seeds had germinated. The seedlings were growing nicely (very close to each other) until last night. I was thinking of  thinning them after a week or 2. But this morning, I see that more than half the seedlings have disappeared. What happened to them?

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Posted 2012-10-03T14:25:10+0000  by smi80 smi80

Hello smi80,

 

It sounds as if the seedling have fallen to either snails, slugs or the cucumber beetle in your other post. Try using the Neem oil to safely get rid of your insect pests in the garden.

neem

 

 

Hope this helps,

 

GardenGail

Posted 2012-10-03T16:55:17+0000  by Gail_HD_OC

Thank You...will definitely use Neem Oil on all my vegetable plants today..

Posted 2012-10-03T18:15:09+0000  by smi80

One more Q pls - I sprayed my plants with Neem Oil about 2 weeks back. How often do I have to do it to prevent damage to my plants?

Posted 2012-10-03T18:22:43+0000  by smi80

Hello smi80,

 

I would check the label to see how often you can spray the Neem oil safely. You were having more troubles in other areas of your yard, when it says its OK to do so try getting the area where you have seen the beetles, not just the vegetables.

 

Hope this helps,

GardenGail

Posted 2012-10-03T23:37:33+0000  by Gail_HD_OC

I sprayed the area with Neem Oil...but the beetles just seem to fly & land onto a different spot. How can I get rid of them completely?

 

Also, the Neem Oil container says to mix 2 tbsp with 1 gallon of water...Is that right?

Posted 2012-10-04T00:27:05+0000  by smi80

Hello smi80,

 

Follow the directions on the container absolutely. You may miss a few, but just a few should be OK for a garden, you can re-spray if it looks like they are multiplying.

 

GardenGail

Posted 2012-10-04T00:30:30+0000  by Gail_HD_OC

I spray my plants with Neem Oil but they still get eaten up after a day or two. Does it get washed away when I water my plants? I also tried spraying them with a tsp of dishwash soap diluted in a bottle of water. 

 

Will sprinkling the area around my spinach & carrot seedlings with garlic peels or crushed garlic prevent the insects/bugs from harming my plants for a longer period of time?

 

Pls reply...

Posted 2012-10-13T19:01:09+0000  by smi80

Hello smi80,

 

The neem oil is safe, so yes it could be washed away easily. I have heard other people touting the use of garlic, but I am unsure of the results. Have you used the snail bait?Are you in an area where there are rabbits or voles? I have heard of orange peels deterring cats ,and blood meal repelling rabbits, but not other animals. Are there any of the stinkbugs left? Could you have grasshoppers?Check your neem oil label and see if you can use it again. Can you send a picture of the damage? It might help us determine what is still eating your carrots.

 

Hope to hear from you soon,

Gardengail

 

Posted 2012-10-17T16:27:25+0000  by Gail_HD_OC

We do have rabbits in our area but my carrot patch is protected by chicken wire. I dont have any pics of the damage...but I have a feeling it might be tiny insects because I dont anything big & the leaves on the seedlings disappear overnite & only the base stubs remain

Posted 2012-10-17T23:11:43+0000  by smi80

Hello smi80,

 

Could you have wireworms, grubs or other soil insects? It actually sounds like a chewing insect to me.

 

Gardengail

Posted 2012-10-19T16:23:00+0000  by Gail_HD_OC
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