Sunday, June 20, 2010

Crazy Heat, Early Insects



These are zucchinis three and four; the second one we ate without pausing to take a picture. However, there will be only a couple more of these squash before all the plants are dead. Last year, we had zucchini into early July, but the squash vine borers are early this year.

And at the Plant-a-Row-for-the-Hungry garden, the State half-runner beans already are being eaten by Mexican bean beetles.

Both of these pests cause problems more typically at the end of June or in early July. I am wondering whether the intense heat of the past couple of weeks has brought on the early infestations. We have been having afternoon temperatures in the mid-90s, and that trend looks likely to continue for another week or two. We usually don't have this much hot weather until late in July, and even then we get some little breaks of slightly cooler weather.

This may be a good time to count my blessing in terms of our usual Georgia weather, tall trees, and the existence of air conditioning. When I was a child in Oklahoma, we had a lot more very hot days (high 90s and up past 100 degrees), less shade, and no air conditioning.

2 comments:

  1. You are not kidding about this crazy weather. I am growing veggies in pots, and they are literally "boiling" to death.:( Your zucchini look great!

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  2. Four days later and it is still spectacularly hot. At the Plant-a-Row-for-the-Hungry workdays, I turn bright red from the heat, so it is no surprise that plants that can't get up and move into the shade might also be affected!

    I hadn't thought about how hot plants in pots might also be getting, but they do seem to need a lot more water lately! Hope yours give you some squash before they finally keel over.

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