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Potato Beetle - Handled it!

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Potato Beetle - Handled it!

Post  jerzyjen on 6/13/2010, 7:05 pm

Out in the garden today I found i had a few potato beetles. I had a last minute addition of potatos into my sfg box, and also had a few leftovers that poked through from last year so I let them grow. They were way longer than they needed to be, high out of the box, I just hadnt gotten around to doing anything about it. Well... after seeing these beetles , hitting the net for some reasearch, I knew they needed to handled immediately.

So searching how to control these suckers of course I found tons of academic sites, extensions, etc, which had lots of crazy ways to deal with this. I found the perfect solution on this blog.

http://heirloomgardener.blogspot.com/2008/06/organic-pest-control-threelined-potato.html

Worked like a charm. I only had 4 beetles, but found some eggs. I chopped the leaves down (they can't grow potatoes in the air anyway), and burned the leaves just to be safe.

Just thought I would share the blog - soapy water... I can see how this might be difficult on commercial scales but worked like a charm in the home sq ft garden.
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