Thin Skinned Potatoes and White Bugs?

Discussion in 'Gardening & Plant Propagation' started by MountainMama, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. MountainMama

    MountainMama Well-Known Member

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    I had my potatoes dug up today and in the soil were thousands of tiny white bugs that look like ants. They were running everywhere but didn't hurt the potatoes. What are these and how do I get rid of them so I can plant something else in this area?

    Also my potatoes are good size but the skins are so thin. They are the Idaho type potatoes and look fine except for the thin peelings. Did I dig them up too early or am I missing a nutrient?

    THANKS!

    MountainMama
     
  2. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    When potatos first come out of the ground the skins are so tender you can scrape them off the potato without peeling them. They will get tougher as they age.
    I can't tell you what your bugs are.
     

  3. MountainMama

    MountainMama Well-Known Member

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    THANKS!

    This is my first crop of taters!
     
  4. Cyngbaeld

    Cyngbaeld In Remembrance Supporter

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    Do you have chickens? You can make a bottomless cage and put one or two chickens in it and set it over the spot where the bugs are and they will be glad to help!