This is my first year growing potatoes. I built a
2 1/2 ft x 6 ft x 3 ft high frame covered
by 1/2 wire mesh. I mulched with straw as they
grew. Today I took a peek down into the straw
and found a grayish blackish layer of what I can
only describe as some type of mold :(
I started these after the early season rains
the plagued the Northeast.
Something tells me this is not good.
email@example.com (KK from NJ) writes:
I'm having trouble picturing this. I think you mean you built a box
to hold the straw, right?
If the plants are/were growing, I suspect they should have good
potatoes under them. Sometimes the original piece of potato will rot
away after the plant gets started, especially if it was large, so
maybe you found that. Have the plants died yet? That's when they're
ready to harvest.
Extra moisture (or very hot, dry conditions) can certainly cause
potato sets to rot, but in that case, they don't make plants. I'd
remain cautiously optimistic until you actually try to harvest them
and see what's there.
I couldn't see the pictures (pages of weird characters in the browsers I use),
but taking Aaron's word for it that the plants are healthy, you may have nothing
to worry about.
I plant my seed potatoes in the soil and mulch with chopped straw as they grow.
(In fact, I think I ought to top off the mulch this weekend.) The mulch usually
a bit rotten at the bottom, sometimes with weird ear-shaped fungus thingees on
it. The potatoes underneath are fine though (unless they've been nibbled by
voles, which is a whole 'nother problem).
Pat in Plymouth MI
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