With the excessively gloomish June we are having to be very diligent on the mildew/blight front.  We’ve spotted a few problematic areas and are hoping to keep things under control.

Temperatures are to spike up into the mid 90’s today will continue at least for another seven days.  Talking with friends who are also gardeners they’ve been telling us that once again the fruiting and crops are a little “off” this year.

As always, nature is in control and we just have to go along for the ride and see what transpires over the summer.

Are you dealing with wacky weather patterns?  How’s your summer garden shaping up?  Share the good, the bad and the ugly!


  1. Mary Hysong says:

    Actually this has been the nicest summer [so far] that I can remember. It has hit about 90 here at the house some days, but just about the time I think it’s going to get really hot and push on up to 100, it gets cloudy and cools off. so far that means the tomatoes are setting fruit on most clusters instead of dropping their blossoms and the potatoes and onions are hanging on _much_ longer than in other years. [by now they are usually long gone & been replaced] And actually the squash don’t seem to mind, they are running and setting fruit. Now if I could get rid of the pesky critters! that have eaten up dozens of tomatoes and ALL! my little green cantaloupes I might be in heaven.

  2. Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife says:

    Oh, yes! The northeast has simply been hammered with rain, rain, rain. Right now my area of PA is at more than twice the average month-to-date rainfall, and it’s supposed to rain more or less all day today and at least half of tomorrow. No sun in the forecast for the next five days. So far only a few flowers have keeled over from rot. Most of the vegetables seem to be holding on. But the basil has gone exactly nowhere. All the seedlings are about 1″ tall; same as when I planted them three weeks ago. The eggplant and peppers aren’t happy either; but they’re still alive.

    I keep telling myself the rain has to stop sometime. So far nature has other ideas.

  3. Aspen says:

    Indiana weather has definitely been wonky this year. More storms than usual and A LOT of rain. Indiana heat and humidity has set it. It is almost unbearable to be outside. When leaving a building, it is like walking into bath water. You are instantly wet. Ick.

    My garden looks good, for the most part. I am excited the most by the Cherokee Purple tomatoes that should be ripening soon.

  4. Vee says:

    Ha! Coming at ya from Pacific Northwest…the Olympic Peninsula(across from Seattle), where it has been sunnier and drier this season than it has in years. We’re breaking records. We can normally grow cool weather crops most of the year here(very temperate coastal weather). However, this year all of our cool weather veggies are bolting. I think I might pull my tomatoes, basil and peppers out of the greenhouse.

    Love your website. Thanks for taking time out of your busy life to type. Don’t know how you do it.

  5. Miranda Jane from Maine says:

    rain, rain, rain…and more rain!

  6. Shirley says:

    The rains that came to our part of Florida mid May gave us a break yseterday and so far today. It’s been over 100 here the past few days. Thanks to the 16″ high raised beds, my plants escaped the damage done to the area agriculture from the water. However they are now baking. We have been eating tomatoes for the first summer in many years so I’m happy with the raised beds. Just need to devise a sunscreen over them. We have a few peppers, much less than usual.

  7. debra says:

    thanks to the heat and lack of rain here on the gulf coast, the chard isn’t the only thing that’s wilting. i’ve never thought of myself as much of a delicate flower but 5 minutes in this heat and i’m done. the sky is bright blue and cloudless. the bunnies are constantly in hiding and every time my neighbor turns on her sprinkler, the ducks make a beeline for her yard. we’ve enjoyed several ichiban eggplant and the cucumbers are starting to produce faster than we can keep up. we planted watermelon for the first time this year and they’re growing big and fat. each day at least one of the kids begs to cut one open. i have to say, it’s getting harder and harder to say no. we might have had more bell pepper if the ducks hadn’t discovered how tasty the leaves were.

  8. Kimberly says:

    I just blogged about our garden troubles this morning! In our area of Texas, we had way too much rain in March and April (lots of blight and powdery mildew problems) and very late frosts for us. May was almost spring time–mild temperatures, but only 1.5″ of rain. For June we have had zero rain and we are already hitting 100 degrees every day. A lot of our plants were too stressed by the blight to withstand the drought, I think!

  9. agwh says:

    Rainy and cool this Spring down here in NW GA, too, so the fungal and bacterial diseases are out in force, and the summer veggies are running a little bit late. It’s hot and dry now, though, and my garden seems to be “catching up” with its pace in other summers.

    No drought this year (thankfully!), so the wild blackberries at the park are in excellent shape. Went out picking yesterday.

    Interesting to hear how many other parts of the country got more rain than usual this Spring!

    Amy, NW of Atlanta

  10. Doug says:

    If you have time sometime (ha ha), could you elaborate on what you do to successfully combat blight and powdery mildew?

    Thank you

  11. Sharon says:

    I am having such a problem growing either beans or any curcurbits! The beans wither and die after the 2nd or 3rd set of true leaves appear, and the squash come up beautifully, but as soon as they get blossoms and start putting fruit on, the leaves turn really pale, almost yellow, and the plant gradually withers and dies. I’ve got some white flies, and some aphids. Also I live in deep South Texas, where the heat & sun are pretty intense. Do you have any helpful hints?

  12. Mary Ann says:

    Coastal CT is all mud…..rain, rain, and more rain….last year I had cherry tomatoes by June 20- not even close this year. Lost a few herbs to the constant rain- basil and dill. Seems that some of the seeds planted are just rotting in the muck as well. The mosquitoes make you want to not even go out to garden at all!

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