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How has the summer weather so far affected your crops or garden?

My plants are doing OK. 10% 17 votes

My yield is down. 37% 62 votes

My water bill is up. 46% 77 votes

I don't grow any food or crops. 4% 8 votes

164 total votes

Comments

blindrabbit 2 years, 4 months ago

Tomatoes, peppers, okra, eggplant and potatoes and most early crops doing/did fine! Squash, beans, cukes and cantalopes can't seem to make any progress with heat, all have plenty of water. Never seen so many squash bugs, nothing seems to kill them, sevin, organics no avail. Starting seeds for fall cole crops, hopefully things will cool off and some rain soon. Hand watering and irrigation keep things alive, but nothing like a good rain

Tomato 2 years, 4 months ago

The most effective way to deal with them is to simply hand pick them. Sprays really only work on the babies. I go out there with a little container of soapy water and drown them. Sometimes it's easier to knock them into the water than actually catch them. If there's no soap, they can often swim and crawl out - go figure!

If you look a couple of minutes after watering, that's the best time - they start climbing upward to avoid getting wet. Then of course, check under leaves for eggs and babies and scrape them off wholesale.

KSense 2 years, 4 months ago

Soapy water in a squirt bottle also does the trick but only on direct contact. Planting radishes amongst your plants also helps. I positively detest these creepy crawlies. Hope you can lick them!

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