For the past 5 or so years, drought conditions, wind and heat have made gardening on the prairies of Southwest Oklahoma even more of a challenge than usual. We had a early warm spring this year and I was able to plant most garden seeds and plants the first week of March. By mid April I had squash and cucumbers vines blooming and many tiny fruits in the vines.
Then as can be excepted in the SW Oklahoma spring time we got a few late afternoon and night time strong thunder storms. Hard rains and hail storms driven by high winds gusting to 65 or 70 mph. In the next days harsh light of day I could find tender seedlings snapped of at ground level, and vine plants like squash and cucumbers turned upside down and twisted beyond salvaging condition. Tomato plants and cages laid on the ground, those I set up and re-secured in hopes the tomato vine will recover. Young tender corn stalks are now on the ground and beyond salvaging.
That’s when I tilled much of my spring garden into the soil and it’s now time to re-plant my garden. Spring time rains come to an end by the middle of May. By the end of May I was seeing the first signs of another hot dry summer. I already had 2 or 3 days above the 100 degree mark. Soil and air temperatures were starting to takes it’s toll on my Tiny Garden.
June proved to be as can often be excepted in SW Oklahoma, many days of dry hot SW winds in the 25 to 35 mph by day then dieing down to 15 to 20 mph at night.
Then in the second week of June with perfect conditions for grasshoppers, I had my first of 2 hatch off of grasshoppers and they began to eat everything in sight that was still green, pasture grasses, weeds and of course everything in my Tiny Garden. An outbreak of Grasshoppers are almost impossible to control. There are insecticides both man-made and natural that will kill grasshoppers, but, by the time the insecticides kill them the damage is done and it seems like every time you kill 1 grasshopper 2 take it’s place.
July has seen cloudless, dry windy days in the mid to high 90 degree days with about 15 days this month being 104 to 111 degrees. My 2012 spring/summer garden has been abandon. I will soon mow my garden plot short and hope for enough rain to moisten the soil enough that I can start tilling my garden plot. I hope to till this plot 6 to 8 times this Fall and Winter to expose insects and their eggs in hopes of killing the insects and exposing weed roots to dry air to kill many of the weeds that came up in my garden plot this year.
Grin, such is the life of a SW Oklahoma gardener.
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