Posted on 2022-08-142022-08-14 by the_dr_blue08/14/2022 straw bale potatoes We lifted and sorted through our two straw bales of potatoes since the leaves were all eaten off by blister beetles. Upon moving the bales, we found eight bess beetles… One fast isopod… A second fast isopod… Three baby house mice… And one click beetle. This brings us to a total of 14 photographed animals plus a whole nest of ants and a small earwig that got away. Compare this to our glorious harvest: ten potatoes from two bales. Paula is researching where we went wrong. I feel like maybe we should just go back to growing them in soil. (These experiments were my idea so I’m not blaming anyone else.). At least this year’s harvest is safer than last year’s crop of black widow spiders??