Potato Project Troubles
I decided to try potatoes this year in my container garden, in an aluminum garbage can I happened to have, and I combined it with a small bucket vermicomposter.
The red plastic is a Tidy Cat bucket with holes in the bottom and wormies and tasty food inside.
I had some small purple potatoes I bought at the farmer's market last year that I stuck in compost in the can, and gradually built them up as the plants grew. There are about 6 plants in there.
Some of the plants look fine, or mostly fine, some others look like these:
There is insect damage to the affected plants as well:
And little black dots (probably eggs):
Can anybody help with figuring out what's up with them and what I should do, preferably things that won't also kill the earthworms in my mini-composter? I did also have a lot of ladybug larvae on the potatoes (yep, I'm sure that's what they were), and a little trouble with fungus gnats but not as bad as I've had in past years.
I think whatever it is has also infected my lemon balm and possibly my serviceberry, both of which were draped over by the potato plants until I moved them away from it and corralled the sprawling potatoes with my rusty garden decorations. My balcony is small, maybe 6'x8' and filled with veggies and herbs in pots, so I really do need to get this problem either fixed or at least strictly controlled, even if it means killing all the potatoes.