I have been checking my potatoes regularly and everything was Ok until today (Friday 3.6.2022). I wanted to sow something between the potatoes, on the hill beds, which where left in the ground last year and have sprouted and grown beautifully, but left some bare spots. I was happy to see a predator beetle, but at the same time I saw it. The first Colorado potato beetle of this year. So I called the kids to me for help und surged all of the potatoes and found a lot of beetles. Luckily the kids are not disgusted by the beetles and where a great help taking the beetles away from the beds and crushing them. So from today we will be surging for the Colorado potato beetle first thing every day.
Furthermore we have seen that the potatoes are short before going to bloom. That means the early varieties can be harvested soon. We are looking forward to that.
The next day I got the predator beetle in front of the camera and the potatoes already bloomed. Furthermore we found a hand full of Colorado potato beetle again and also found there eggs already.