- The decision to not fertilize. I had grown sweetcorn on the spot the previous year and had fertilized heavily and wanted to see what happened when I "coasted" for a year. Now we know. If it is important: FERTILIZE
- Weed control was too little and too late. In situations where fertilizer and/or water are marginal, weed control is make-or-break. Every square inch of weeds capturing sunlight is a square inch unavailable to your potatoes.
- Seed quality was very poor for 200 feet of row and varieties were sub-optimal for an additional 200 feet of row. I wanted to recover those potato varieties from previous years that had survived as semi-feral plants; the seed that I recovered was exposed to ethylene from apples and many of them did not sprout. The other 200 feet of row were Yukon Gold and Kennebec which did not yield as heavily as Mega Chip
I am all ears if anybody wants to volunteer folk remedies that they consider worthwhile.
Belladonna informed me that we had a raccoon teasing the German Shepherds and getting into the garage.
My first few efforts to trap the animal proved it to be a wily beast. I was unable to catch it in a live trap. It stole the meat-baits and ignored the bananas and other fruity baits.
I escalated to a body-grip trap and used meat for bait.
Belladonna's raccoon proved to be an enormous, male Felis catus with markings that strongly resembled those of a raccoon. Clearly a case of convergent evolution.
|Oak seedling of the white oak clade with fluorescent fall color.|