Interestingly, smokers may pick up the tobacco mosaic virus by handling infected tobacoo products then then spread the disease to their plants by gardening without washing hands after a smoke. (Yet another reason to quit, if anyone is still looking for a good one:)
Tomatoes, pepper, potatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons, lettuce, spinach, and more are all susceptible to Mosaic. Though they probably won't die, diseased plants will yield fewer fruits and squash-family plants will usually produce small, mottled fruits that have an off-taste.
So, I bit the bullet and yanked out these potato plants.
And, look what I found! Yep, these guys came out with the two plants I pulled out. I had been waiting for my potato plants to bloom like my garden guide had suggested. But, I was forgetting that if I wanted new potatoes (as this variety is intended to be), then I should actually dig them up earlier.
If not for the Mosaic, these would've outgrown their new potato phase. See, silver lining!
So, I cut off the remaining plants and will leave the rest of the potatoes in the ground for 2 weeks to develop their tough skin that will help them last longer in the pantry. The kids are especially excited about digging for potato treasures in 2 weeks!