18 responses

  1. Candi
    April 26, 2011

    I tried planting purple potatoes last year and we got about a handful at the end of the season. Only the problem I have now? They are growing “wild” in my bed so I guess I didn’t get them all! :)

  2. Anonymous
    April 26, 2011

    I read where you can buy some sand paper (the black kind) cut them into 1 inch strips and staple them all around the top of your raised bed and the slugs cannot slime their way over it and into your raised bed gardens. Just thought I would pass this on.


  3. Barb @ A Life in Balance
    April 26, 2011

    We fortunately don’t have an issue with slugs, unless we have a lot of wet weather. This year, I’m growing potatoes in blue totes that I found at Home Depot to see if I can increase the yield, and use the space in the vegetable garden for something else. I did grow corn with the potatoes which worked well last year, but then the pumpkins started growing underneath, and it became a jungle. Ugh!

  4. Barb-Harmony Art Mom
    April 26, 2011

    I really, really want to grow potatoes but it has never worked out for us. I decided it is something I get to shop for at the Farmer’s Market. :)

    Thanks for hosting this event. It gives me a chance to share our garden…that makes me happy.

  5. Portland Charcuterie Project
    April 26, 2011

    I’m giving potatoes a shot this year in a 30 gallon black plastic trashcan.. will it work? I have no idea, but I don’t have room for them otherwise ( although I like the idea of trying a tote.. I have a leftover big blue ikea tote that I think I may try to plant a few potatoes in.)

  6. Jami @An Oregon Cottage
    April 26, 2011

    Sharon- What a great idea! I’ve heard of a copper strip, but not sandpaper…
    However, first I have to get rid of all the slugs and eggs already hiding in the beds. ;-)

    I hope those of you planting in containers this year keep us updated on the TGP- I’d love to see your harvests! I’ve been wanting to try growing in a garbage can, but I didn’t want a can sitting in my veggie garden. :-) But if the harvest is great, I’ll have to relax my ways a bit…

  7. Vegetable Garden Cook
    April 26, 2011

    Have you read Steve Solomon’s book? He recommends planting late may. He says that this is because the soil is still relatively cold right now, and won’t really start growing until it gets quite a bit warmer.

    In fact, last year I planted out a few plants around St. Patty’s day, but waiting for planting the rest of my crop. The earlier crop yielded far less than the latter.

    I moved 1.5 years ago to a heavily forested property, and have more slugs than I’ve ever had in any of my other gardens in Oregon. But the slugs here leave my potatoes alone. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed slugs eating my potatoes. I wonder what the difference is? Maybe I just have so many greens like broccoli or lettuce that they are more interested in? Don’t know.

    Have you actually gone out at night to witness the slugs eating your plants? You probably have, but I thought I would let you know that a couple of years ago I had this horrible infestation of these climbing cutworms. Cutworms normally cut off the tips, but these things climbed up as far as two or three feet high and ate away. They ate all the things that slugs normally eat, and then some. They even ate my nearly mature garlic foliage. They were awful. I spent a lot of time outside with scissors, and then finally figured out how to use Bt correctly (you have to use a water softener or it will just bead up rather than sticking to the leaves).

    Also, I’ve done slug experiments, and witnessed that diatomaceous earth does nothing to deter slugs. This was also confirmed at my last Oregon State Master Gardener meeting, in which the speaker read through research that debunked the DE theory.

    You may be interested in reading all of my slug experiments here: http://www.mysuburbanhomestead.com/about/pests-and-disease/

  8. Vegetable Garden Cook
    April 26, 2011

    Apologies, I was confused on what to place on the link–should have read “are slugs repelled by copper?”

  9. ~Holly~
    April 27, 2011

    Cool potato plot!! I haven’t tried potatoes yet but they look interesting! Maybe a project for next year!

  10. See Jamie blog
    April 26, 2011

    My flower garden is looking pretty good but I don’t have a single veggie in the ground. Must remedy that ASAP!

  11. Melynda
    April 27, 2011

    Hi Happy to have found you again! I use crushed egg shells to lay down a border around anything I want free of slugs. It works and then they compost into the soil after a while.

  12. La Vie Quotidienne
    April 27, 2011

    I have never tried growing potatoes but I know that many people here have great success. Some grow them in old tires stacked to form a cylinder.

  13. The Schneiders
    April 27, 2011

    This is our first year to grow potatoes, we didn’t plan on growing them so we’ll see about the yeild. Ours are flowering, but it is also already 90 degrees during the day here!

    Thanks for hosting this round up it is great to see what everyone is growing!

  14. Becca’s Dirt
    April 27, 2011

    Hi there I just found your blog. I may join your party next week. I’m fixing to cruise around. Yea another fun garden party.

  15. Beth
    April 27, 2011

    I planted potatoes just once – all that diggin about killed me off – your bed looks great and I confess to loving new potatoes!

  16. Jami @An Oregon Cottage
    April 28, 2011

    Ah, Beth- that’s why I like hilling up with straw- very little digging (and cut potatoes!) involved! Maybe you’d like to try again? :-)

    Becca- I hope you do- we’d love to see what you’re up to!

    Melynda- I’m glad too! Crushed egg shells- I’ve heard of it, but haven’t tried it. It sounds good…

    Vegetable Garden Cook- Thanks for all your input! Yes, I’ve read Solomon’s book, and I know that it’s fine to plant now, but I do like to get them in early for some new potatoes in the summer. With your test, though, maybe I should just plant a few for earlier harvest and save the main crop for later, if the yield is larger like you found? Interesting…

    Oh that cutworm sounds horrid! I did see the slugs- many, many – and since they had the nice straw cover, I didn’t have to go out at night to discover them- just pull up the mulch. ;-)

    Well, I believe it about DE – it’s never worked well for me either…

  17. Extraordinary Ordinary Life
    April 28, 2011

    Oh no, we don’t have slugs and I hope we never do because I would not want to have to deal with that. I hope your method works! Thanks for hosting.

  18. Rebecca
    October 7, 2012

    I get rid of slugs naturally by filling an old pie tin with a can of beer. I set it out overnight on the ground by my flower beds and in the morning I’ve had up to 30 drowned in the beer. Kinda gross, but it works!

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