Carrot seedlings

Question ...

My carrot seedlings often disappear overnight. I assume they are eaten by some pest but it doesn't show any of the usual signs of slugs and snails. Can you suggest a likely culprit?

Answer ...

You might get better results by pre-germinating the seed before sowing. Carrot seed germination can be very slow, so there is plenty of time for it to be eaten before it comes up. Slugs are the most likely culprits - but damping off type diseases could also be involved. Wait until the soil is warm before sowing, and use fresh seed each year.

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