Well folks, summer is here! The temperatures are in the mid to high eighties and as for this week, the rain has been turned off.
Fortunately it is cooling down in the evenings with overnight temps in the 60’s. Enjoy it while you can, because we all know what Oklahoma summers are like!
Everything has been doing so well with our frequent rains and it would be a shame if everything got toasted this week.
Don’t get me wrong, the warm weather crops are loving this heat, but they have to have water to thrive.
So I am watering the gardens every other day, and most of the pots every day because they dry out much faster. Don’t wait until the plant tells you it is dry by slumping over.
With the cool and wet spring the pests have been minimal.
But as the dry hot weather comes on, you need to start watching for those squash beetles because the earlier you detect them, the easier it will be to control them without using insecticides.
The minute you see one, you know there are more so don’t put off doing something about it.
Yes, get out the bucket of hot soapy water and start picking them off.
I put on latex gloves so I don’t have to touch them.
The best time to do this is right after you have watered in the mornings because they don’t like water and they crawl to the top of the plants making them easy to get.
Then check underneath the leaves for eggs. They are brown and about the size of a pin head and in clusters of 12-15 eggs.
I carefully tear off that a piece of leaf and throw it into the scalding water along with their parents. It is gross, but just do it!
We are getting more vegetables available at the Saturday Market.
Last week we had potatoes, broccoli, onions, garlic, lettuce, chard, beets, turnips, cucumbers, squash and a few green tomatoes.
Come and shop with us Saturday 9:00 to 1:00.
Enjoy the Earth! Diana