Ive never been green fingered but ive recently started growing my own potoes. everythings been fine for about 8 wks for now that the foliage is really growing well something has started to eat it! ive also notice some slimy stuff on the leaves. My first thought was slugs but ive been told they dont touch potato leaves. Can any one help and advise on the best cure to get rid of whichever pest is doing this damage.
My potatoes are relying on you!
I'm with figrat on this one - organic pellets used here. Slug nematodes are an alternative, but they cost a fair bit. The advantage with those is that they will also kill 'keeled' slugs, which live underground and make holes in the potatoes themselves.
I have been told that slugs eat bran flakes which swell up and make them explode (the slugs that is). Can anyone confirm or suggest similar tips ?
Go out at night with a torch and pot of salt, very satisfying seeing them die. I also feed to my chickens in the day equally satisfying.