The Not Such Good Life – Potato Woes


Everything was going really well in the vegetable garden until it became clear that anything that we grow to eat something else as its eye on as well and is determined to get in first.

Blackfly on the Broad Beans were easily dealt with and a mouse nibbling off the pea shoots was efficiently dispatched but you just can’t see what is going on underground and almost our entire crop of potatoes has been destroyed by a critter that I had never heard of before – the wireworm.

I began the harvest just about a week ago and noticed curious holes in the tubers which under further investigation led to maggoty creatures inside and brown rot.  Everything destroyed and I know how the Irish felt now in the potato blight and famine of the 1840s.  Kim has had to go to the supermarket to get alternative supplies.  I was looking forward to at least a month of home grown produce but it is not to be.

Now I am worried about the beetroot and the carrots.

This is the total crop that I was able to salvage, not a great return on three months work…


Hopefully nothing is going to take a liking to the runner beans but at least they are above ground and I can see what is going on.

31 responses to “The Not Such Good Life – Potato Woes

  1. Ah, the circle of life.

    . . . although, I think you’re doing a bit better than the Irish in the 1840s . . . no supermarkets system of distribution back then.


  2. Bloody hell, same with mine! No doubt it’s a Brexit effect, those bloody EU Bureacrats get everywhere, probably failed to water them to a correct depth! Unless it’s The Corbyn virus!


  3. Cabbages have run riot though, probably the Farage Effect 😂


  4. You have to get a better technique on bios, taste better they are better just more work/ And then share some , me no good at that.


  5. Oh, rotten luck, Andrew


  6. We gave up on carrots – full of carrot fly tunnels. Thought about doing them in a tub as I’ve read the flies fly along the ground and tubs fool them. Sparrows, the chirpy little b*****ds, eat pea shoots and lettuce (they have very healthy eating habits here) and the cat prefers chasing frogs. Beetroots grow full of fibrous knots. We do get decent potatoes in a tub made out of half an old water butt, but in the ground they take up too much room and some always escape and come up again the following year where you don’t want them. Just once we had some decent cucumbers and one football of a cabbage. So this year we’ve only bothered with tomatoes, runnner beans and courgettes, all looking good.

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  7. Oh dear! There must be a deterrent?


  8. Ouch! Broad beans are the simplest to grow. but a bit of research from local gardeners mightn’t be a waste of time. – Ot you could forget about farming and go on a visit to Spain.


  9. I’ve never heard of wireworm either. What a dreadful shame.


  10. “Ooh, nasty” says Jackie – I concur


    • Horrible things Derrick. Apparently they are a problem in a new vegetable patch where they have been living undisturbed for several years. Ours is a new vegetable patch. The way to combat them is to keep the soil well cultivated and dug over so that the birds can find the larvae.
      We have lost an estimated 30lbs of potatoes which would have lasted us for a good few weeks but there is some compensation in the pea and bean yields.

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  11. I planted 50 once and got zero return so I don’t do potatoes any more.. Only what I can see.. 😉


  12. ‘Penny a pound Best King Edwards’, Used to be heard often when I was a lad, and the new potatoes were to die for, Australian potatoes are not the worlds greatest

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  13. What a disappointment! I hope your beets and carrots fare better.


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