Last year I spent a great deal of time and effort looking after the potatoes that I planted. I kept them weed free and they were well watered. However, despite having very healthy looking tops, when I came to lift the potatoes themselves there was hardly anything there! There was no sign of them being eaten by bugs or of any viruses, just tiny barely usable potatoes.
I decided to try again this year, but because of a general lack of time, motivation and organisation, my veg plot has been a complete disaster. I put the potatoes in quite late and I have not kept on top of the weeding. I have not watered them much, although we have had a lot of rain. I have not even earthed them up like I usually do to maximise the crop. But somehow I seem to have more and much much bigger potatoes than last year. Explain that one if you can!!
The only problem is that many of them have been partially eaten by bugs. Something has been tunnelling their way into several of them. Most of them are rescuable with a bit of trimming down. From consulting one of my trusty books I think they might be wireworms. If that is right then the amount of weeds probably haven't helped. But making sure I don't have them next year is quite easy - it's just a case of digging over the soil well in the winter to bring the pesky wireworms to the surface and let the birds, or in our case the chickens, do the rest. Let's hope they're hungry when I start digging!!
16 hours ago