Half of my potatoes did not come up. Something ate the seed pieces. Wire worms are suspected. I remember thinking some years earlier that I needed to put out traps when I planted this part of the garden to potatoes. A trap is little more than digging a hole, spraying the bottom with bifenthrin and then planting a "seed" of bread dough a little larger than a golf ball just above the insecticide.
Many garden plants have "plasticity". When planted close together they respond to the stress by setting fewer/smaller produce. When planted farther apart they sprawl and produce more/larger produce per plant. Potatoes have plasticity...except when I already planted them extremely far apart. I will replant but expect little from the additional plants.
Woodchucks are hell on beans. I need to get on these guys.
It will not be a huge deal if I lose the one. I will replant. It bothers me that I don't know why I am losing it. How do you respond to something you cannot identify?