I removed the layers of straw and discovered that periodic rains during the last several weeks does not make up for a hot, dry summer.
The potatoes were the size of marbles and golf balls. A few, not many, reached tennis ball size. While the ground held moisture and worms, it was not easy digging.
But, my efforts produced potatoes.
Apparently, I'm not the only one enjoying the produce from the garden.
This toad has been eating well in this summer of drought and insects.
I, though, passed on the insects.
When lunchtime approached, I looked around the garden and found fall lettuce and tomatoes, lots of tomatoes.