London (change)
Today 28°C / 18°C
Tomorrow 27°C / 18°C
6 messages
24/05/2012 at 17:59

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!

Marlene

24/05/2012 at 19:26
Slugs and snails do snack on potato leaves, and the slime trails only strengthens the case against them. There are organic slug pellets available if you should choose to use them. There are loads of slug deterrent suggestions, and I'm pretty sure other posters will advise you on them. But I reach for the pellets...
24/05/2012 at 19:29

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.

24/05/2012 at 23:02

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 ?

25/05/2012 at 19:35

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.

26/05/2012 at 08:24
Love the bran flakes!
email image
6 messages