greenstubbs wrote:Not to Hijack but along the same lines. I thought about this a couple days ago. How do you people in the mid-west and southern states deal with plants getting wet when it rains? Things like squash, etc. must have a heck of a time in climates like that, I would think? It never rains in summer here and when I water, I soak the ground and not the plant. Discuss.
There's not much to do when it rains in the summer. Most of us in the south want it to rain because there is not enough rain in the summer.
I don't get the plant leaves wet when I water in the summer. I usually use a soaker hose. Since the humidity is around 100% for at least 12 hours every day in the summer, we try to keep the leaves dry to help keep fungal diseases away. The humidity does drop to 30-45% during the day, but from the evening until mid-morning, the humidity is high and the leaves get wet from the dew.
Humidity isn't a big problem in the other months. It gets lower during the day and there is a lot more wind to keep the plants dry. There is almost no wind during the summer here.
Squash and tomatoes, for me, are easy and difficult to grow. They are easy because they always grow great, but they are difficult because of the amount of problems each one has. Tomatoes get early blight, other fungal diseases, and nematodes. The squash plants get powdery mildew, squash vine borer, and squash bugs. The squash bugs are my archenemy in the garden.