Other than tender growth, I cannot see a reason why the bugs targeted these plants.
I think the issue with these particular plants is that they had a lot of tender growth due to the fertilizer I used to start them on. It is organic but is not the just plain liquid kelp that I usually use. It resulted in a lot of top growth in all my seedlings but not enough root development. Thing is, I used the same stuff to start my eggplants and peppers and whatnot, and no evil eye, they have not been attacked. Only these two plants. They were, though, huge when I set them out. Other than tender growth, I cannot see a reason why the bugs targeted these plants.
paul wheaton wrote:
With polyculture, you might have 20 potato plants scattered willy nilly all over your garden. 15 will do well. 5 will do lousy. The colorado potato beetles SHOULD find the 5 and knock back those plants - so the other neighboring plants that do better in that spot can have the room to thrive. In the meantime, it is just kinda weird how the colorado potato beetles tend to not find the other 15 potato plants.
free range chickens that have access to greens on a regular basis will eat the bugs and ripe fruit but for the most part will leave mature plants alone.
Rob S. aka Blitz wrote:
My thought is.....Is constantly covering up potatoes only an organic way to grow them or is it permaculture too?