08/14/2022 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??

3 Replies to “08/14/2022 straw bale potatoes”

  1. Not all experiments pan out. I appreciate you sharing what works and what doesn’t. The bess beetles and their larvae are cool.

  2. Disappointed about the hay bales. Sounded like a good idea. Interesting what you find under things that have been on the ground. No scorpions im glad to see. And no spiders. Like Suzanne im happy you share your findings. Thanks

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