I need someone to stop me from going totally chemical crazy on the grub worms in my potatoe patch. They are eating my entire crop.
I am at a point ot where if I want to save any for long term storage I will have to dig them all now and eat the ones with bites. The only problem is they need to stay in the ground so that the skins will toughen a bit. Other wise I am taking a chance at them rottening in the cellar.
I know the Japanese beetle grubs work on a 3 year cycle with the second year being the worst for grubs. That means next year I will have a ton of beatles eating my foiliage. I will get rid of them this year if it kilss me.
Has anyone ever plowed potatoes only to cover them right back up?
My theory is: If I plow the potatoes (which will expose the grubs) and turn my chickens and turkeys loose on the grubs, then plow them back under for a couple of weeks that I may be able to save part for winter storage. Any thoughts?
By the way, my name is Joe. I have a small green house and about 1 acre of gardens. The potatoes in question are Pontiac Red and there is 600 feet worth of them.