Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Organic Gardening: Carrot Flies

I always thought I had a brown thumb, but have come to realize I just never took the time to learn about whatever it was I was trying to grow. I ordered a nice selection of GMO free seeds which include vegetables, and herbs from Mary's Heirloom Seeds, she is having a sale by the way.

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Well, eager from some GMO free veggies, I planted the atomic red carrots I purchased. Everything was going fine until I noticed some small insects flying around them. Research lead me to discover the carrot fly which lays their eggs near the plant, larvae hatches and the maggots feast on the carrot root. You can see from the image on the right the damage this tiny pest can do.

So, how to avoid this little pest without using chemicals became my next goal. The most suggested method to avoid these pests is companion planting with onions. Because the carrot fly uses its sense of smell to detect the carrots, the onions will mask the smell. It also turns out that the carrots help the onions to avoid onion flies.

When planting, plant a row of onions,  then carrots, and then onions. Consider using two types of onions, I have red onions, and think I will also plant some green onions which I love to cook with.

I found this great site for companion planting, click on the letter of the herb or vegetable, and just read the simple yet concise information. I also started an organic gardening board on Pintrest some may be interested in.

This blog shared at Wildcrafting Wednesday, and here.


  1. The dreaded carrot flies!!!
    I had trouble my first time around until I used the companion method. It works!
    Thanks for the update Joyce.

  2. I'm not into gardening as much as you, but I do love Pinterest! I will pop in and follow your boards. Thanks for linking up at the Whatever Wednesday party.

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  3. Wow, this is so interesting! Amazing how just planting carrots planted next to onions can prevent this!

  4. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  5. I had these in my carrots this year...annoying! Thanks for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

  6. Happy Friday.
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    I also have a hop going on right now, would be great if you stop by and link up your blog.
    Have a nice day.

  7. I've never dealt with the carrot fly. I guess I've been lucky! Good luck keeping them away with onions.

  8. yes!! i had to deal with this as well :-/
    made me NOT so happy!