What would cause carrots that were coming up in garden to now so

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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 06, 2018

    Hi! I'm sorry, but, I think your question was cut off. Please add to it so I can help.

    • Mary Ellen Mary Ellen on Jul 07, 2018

      Some of the carrots disappeared well there were only tops but is something eating them ? We have a net covering vegetables so not birds .

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jul 06, 2018
    Bunnies? Too much water/rain? Hungry neighbors? Squirrels? Deer? Bugs?

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  • Mcdak Mcdak on Jul 07, 2018
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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 07, 2018
    Hi Mar,
    Since they are disappearing below the ground and leaving the tops, sounds like bugs or beetles in the soil. Look carefully at the tops, do you see any sign of eggs on the tops that might be from a caterpillar or bugs? Are the carrots being eaten or are they turning to mush? That is a clue to what it could be? See if this link will help you.

    ag.umass.edu/.../pdf/whats_eating_my_vegetables.pdf

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 07, 2018
    If they are being taken underground, I would suspect a vole or woodchuck. Any small rodent that burrows. My problem has always been squirrels - what they don't dig up, they chew off the top. I had some success with chicken mesh, burying it below ground level and around the plants above ground. I keep bird feeders with sunflower seeds some distance away from plantings. It's much easier for them to get, the birds love them, too, and they have less interest in what I'm growing. Having said that, I will never forget seeing a squirrel hauling away a giant sunflower head I had planned to save the seeds from. It was bigger than him, yet, there he was dragging it across my fence and up into a tree. See if you can catch your Houdini at dusk or dawn, since most critters are out and about then. If you can see it, you may be able to discourage it. Good luck!

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jul 08, 2018

    This is a carrot beetle. Its larvae is an inch long light green worm. "The Carrot Museum" says there are no known pesticides that are recommended because it may make the carrot inedible. It recommends that you turn the soil over at the end of the season to let birds eat them as they spend the winter underground. Several other sites suggest rotating crops for this reason.


    The other common carrot pest is the carrot fly, whose larvae eat tunnels through the root, which causes the leaves to turn brown. This doesn't seem to be your problem, however.


    My last question is, is the net securely attached to the ground? Bunnies can slip under and out fairly easily.


    In my research I learned that carrot leaves are edible for humans, too. There were several recipes, if you're curious to Google them. I'm sorry, but I don't think I was much help.  Maybe expert gardeners can chime in.