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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 1:40 am    Post subject: spud eating slugs Reply with quote

My Kerr Pinks took a hammering from these.
Out of curiosity, exactly what kind of slug are they?
Did a lot of damage - picture attached



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks just like a common Garden Slug. (Arion hortensis).
Dark in colour with lighter sides.
flip them over and their sole should be yellow or orange

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a few rows of Lady Balfour destroyed by slugs this year (no great harm, a tasteless spud) while there wasn't a mark on the Cara and Caitrionas beside them. Is there a good list of Slug Resistant potatoes out there?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I would be interested in what others think but I have had the best success with earlies that I take out of the ground in early July. When I used to grow maincrop they would be riddled with holes. An old experienced gardener told me that white spuds are the best choice for old gardens. And right enough I mainly fed the slug population with my rooster crops!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I had a few rows of Lady Balfour destroyed by slugs this year (no great harm, a tasteless spud) while there wasn't a mark on the Cara and Caitrionas beside them. Is there a good list of Slug Resistant potatoes out there?


Should have mentioned this earlier....... a piece I wrote on wireworm/slugs and potatoes, complete with suggestions for resistant varieties.......... How to manage the top two potato pests, Wireworm and Slugs.

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