By Ann Bennett
It has been a remarkable run of classic July weather this past week, accompanying a gorgeous full Thunder Moon. Eighteen of the first 23 days of the month have seen the mercury climb into the 80s or above, and periodic thunderstorms, some of them delivering torrential downpours and damaging winds, have brought local farms and gardens back from the edge of drought.
Precipitation still lags well behind the monthly average of 4.43 inches, though the recent moisture coupled with steamy heat have pushed crop production into overdrive. Cucumbers, beans, summer squash and broccoli are in, as are the new potatoes.
The successes and failings of this particular season are also becoming apparent here in the third week of July. Plant diseases associated with persistent heat and humidity are surfacing, and weeds are either in check or completely out of control.
It's also the point when insect pests have either been dealt with, or they've taken charge. Few things are as frustrating to a gardener as discovering that just as the potatoes hit full blossom, Colorado potato beetles take over, or that Cabbage Loopers are reducing the brassicas to lace-like leaves.
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