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Posted June 29, 2017 - 03:20 PM

Potatoes are doin good and the potatoe bug is in full force, but I have the answer. Propane hand held torch. Kills the bugs, Dead. No ifs, maybes, couldbes, shouldbes dead. DEAD. That's all there is to it.
Sunday 125 dead, Monday 55 dead, Tuesday 25 dead, Wednesday 42 dead, Thursday 22, dead. I've tryed the bug killer stuff from the store, it don't work !!! This way I know they are dead. So I sit on a tractor and drive around very slowly and look for the bugs. Some times I use the tractor with cultivators or disks and do two jobs at once.
The buckwheat is doing well too, that's next years potatoe patch

Noel

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Posted June 29, 2017 - 03:26 PM

Impressive.  How do you keep from damaging the plants?


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Posted June 29, 2017 - 03:43 PM

Nice tater patch and very nice ride thanks for sharing the pictures


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Posted June 29, 2017 - 03:49 PM

Looking good!


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Posted June 29, 2017 - 04:30 PM

Well, a few leaves die, but not many. The bug will clean the leaves off within a few weeks and the plant will die,  so a few damaged from the torch is ok.  Potatoe plants just keep growing and will recover. 

 

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Posted June 29, 2017 - 04:32 PM

I've heard the bugs taste like chicken.


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Posted June 29, 2017 - 04:40 PM

I would not know and I am not going to find out what they taste like. Some people eat them, I would say.

 

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Posted June 29, 2017 - 05:42 PM

We used to use widemouthed jars with soapy water. Put the jar under the leaves, touch the leaves, and the bugs would roll off into the jar. I used to do that for an hour after dinner. It was fun and satisfying. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted June 29, 2017 - 06:01 PM

Use Tempo.  An insecticide that is very effective and very safe.  I have used it for year on garden crops as well ad around the house, in and out.  Takes care of the spiders, fleas, ticks, and any other pest you don't want around.  Kind of pricey at $45- $48 a bottle of 16 oz but onl y take about 16ml per 3 gal. sprayer so it goes a long ways.


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Posted June 29, 2017 - 10:49 PM

Tempo is what I use.  Kills them quick and spray stays on until the next rain.


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Posted June 29, 2017 - 11:15 PM

You got to also look under the leaves for the patch of orange eggs. When these hatch the larvae will consume leaves over night. Almost every time I knock them in a bucket of soapy water there's always two of them enjoying each other until their death.lol
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Posted June 29, 2017 - 11:21 PM

Sorry got so carried away with the bugs I forgot the tater patch. I like that a lot. I wanted to do the same thing this year with a small field we have over from the garden. They take up so much room inside the garden. This way like your doing its easier to get around with the tractor. Nice looking tater rig you got too.

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Posted June 30, 2017 - 06:55 AM

I would not know and I am not going to find out what they taste like. Some people eat them, I would say.

 

Noel

Maybe that the trick, get a good recipe and start enjoying them. My bet is one you start to enjoy them you will no longer be able to find them in your garden. Seems to be the way things work.  


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Posted June 30, 2017 - 06:55 AM

I've heard the bugs taste like chicken.

 

I have tried picking them into a can and feeding them to the chickens, but they don't seem to like them. Maybe they do taste like chicken and that's why? LOL. The last couple of years I have just been squashing them as I picked them off, but I think I am going to give the propane torch a try this year. It doesn't look like it did too much damage to the plant in Noels picture and I think it will work even better on the larvae.

 

BTW, plants are looking good Noel! Mine are quite a ways behind yours. It has been so wet here I still don't have everything planted (still have green beans, yellow beans and carrots to do). I am hoping to get them either Sunday or Monday if the ground dries up. It rained most of the day yesterday, supposed to rain all day today and most of tomorrow. I mentioned to the boss that we should take today as the holiday and work Monday, but he has plans, so it looks like I am getting a 5 day long weekend.  For those of you south of the border, July first is Canada Day (similar to your July 4th) and this year is Canada's 150th birthday.

 

Jim


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Posted June 30, 2017 - 06:59 AM

I was trying to find a video of a lady sucking up beetles with her hand held vacuum , it looked so easy. She would just walk around sucking them up.  

 

 

 

 

But instead I found this one 

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=3Xh7kJLaBqM


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