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Growing => Vegetables => Topic started by: HesterF on August 29, 2013, 10:46:56 pm

Title: What's eating my potatoes?
Post by: HesterF on August 29, 2013, 10:46:56 pm
Just digging my main crops and they've got little holes in them - like tunnels through them. These are well buried so it's not slugs. Thought they'd be safe at this stage to leave in the ground and just dig them up as I need them but clearly not! But also can't store them if they're damaged so my plans are a bit mucked up. At least I've only a few plants left although the potatoes have gone so well this year (gets the husband's key seal of approval as 'better than Waitrose'), I'm hoping to go for more next year so it would be good to know the enemy - and how to beat it.

Thanks!

Hester

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Title: Re: What's eating my potatoes?
Post by: henchard on August 30, 2013, 07:57:04 am
Wireworm?
Title: Re: What's eating my potatoes?
Post by: oor wullie on August 30, 2013, 08:04:33 am
I'm not an expert but it sounds like wireworm.  If so there is no one solution.

They are worst in ground that was under grass recently so if possible grow tatties on ground that has been cleaned by growing something else for a couple of years.

They don't seem to attack until the end of the season so harvest tarries as soon as they are ready don't leave the tatties in the ground any longer than necessary.
Title: Re: What's eating my potatoes?
Post by: HesterF on August 30, 2013, 12:45:29 pm
Oooh, that sounds about right. We only deturfed to make veg beds last year. Problem is they're all the same age, advantage is they'll all be one year older for next season. I'll dig the rest of the crop now and hope they can last - they can join the onions on the kitchen floor for now!

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Title: Re: What's eating my potatoes?
Post by: ArosP on August 31, 2013, 08:21:23 pm
All the one s i have lifted this week have been chomped from the inside by slugs
Title: Re: What's eating my potatoes?
Post by: Greenerlife on August 31, 2013, 09:27:21 pm
Sounds like wireworm to me as well.  i had it my first year and was advised to lime the soil.  No more wireworm afterwards!