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Strawbale Gardening: Growing potatoes in straw, but still have potato bugs! Help!

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Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2009
4:14 AM

Post #6849608

I am growing potatoes in about 15-18" of LOOSE straw, but now I have potato bugs!! What's the best thing to use to get rid of them??? A friend's grandfather said he put salt on them while in the larva stage, and they do seem to hate that. Does anyone else have any other ideas?? Other than the bugs, my potatoes are doing great! :)

Thanks!
Glenda

KentNC
Wake Forest, NC

July 22, 2009
1:29 PM

Post #6850300

Glenda: did just a quick google search:

http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/how-to-kill-potato-bugs-2530.html

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20090514/articles/905149974?Title=Master-Gardener-Act-now-against-potato-bugs


Glenda_Michigan
Fowlerville, MI
(Zone 5b)

July 22, 2009
3:42 PM

Post #6850872

Thanks for the links...they told me what I'm up against. It's not encouraging. :(
Hastur
Houston, TX

August 26, 2009
5:43 PM

Post #6990858

Man, I remember picking potato bugs off the plants every year when I was a kid. Unfortunately, we couldn't get the chickens to eat them, either.

The kerosene trick does work - mostly. We used to pick the bugs off the taters, and would drop an entire leaf if it had eggs on the underside. Our infestations were vaguely controllable that way.
tubbytee
Ames, NE
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6991242

I read this on site about lasagna gardening

Be on the watch for potato bugs. Try to catch them when they are small. Sweep across the foliage with a broom. They will fall into the mulch and, when small, not be able to find their way back up to the leaves.

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