Yesterday's picture of the potato plants was taken on May 16. The above photo is ten short days later. Potatoes grow fast, and yes, we have covered them. They just keep growing! At first glance, everything looks great, but upon closer inspection there's a definite problem.
The Colorado Potato Beetle can devastate a potato crop in just a few short days. The insecticidal soap doesn't seem to have deterred them at all, and so my youngest two helpers and I hit the rows this morning. We carefully hand picked what appeared to be mostly larvae off of each plant. Gardening isn't glamorous, and it certainly isn't for the squeamish.
Thankfully, there were pretty little potato blossoms to cheer us while we worked in the hot sun.