I've noticed, since I planted a bit late, that my production has been low in the wake of the higher than 90 F temps we had all through July and into early August. I think the heatwave occurred, based on when I planted, right when my veggies should have been producing.
Presently, now that the temps are hovering in the mid to high 80's, that new fruit is just now coming in on most of my crops.
Specifically, I'm seeing new butternut and summer squash just starting to fruit. However, most of the vegetation on the vines between the fruit and the roots is dying back. Is this normal and is it okay? Which vegetation contributes to the new fruit growth? Is the vegetation (leaves) between the fruit and the end of the vine more important to new growth than the vegetation 'upstream' (between the fruit and the root)?
I see the same thing with my summer squash. Even though summer squash is something of a bushy plant, I still can see that most of the vegetation (leaves) between the new fruit and the roots is dying off while the vegetation (leaves) beyond the fruit are new and green and apparently healthy.
Regarding my snow peas, I'm getting maybe 5 or 6 peas a day in new fruit between the 10-12 plants/vines, this is occurring near the end of the 'vines' while the vegetation closest to the roots is dying and falling off. Same thing with cucumbers and watermelons.
Just wondering if I can cut away most of the dead or dying vegetation along the vines between the fruit and the root.
Rather than research this via 'the google', I figured I would ask here and find out with the experience of the group here...
The basic question is pretty much how the fruit is produced...is it a combination of water and nutrients coming from the ground to fruit combined with whatever the leaves 'downstream' of the fruit contribute to the process? I hope this makes sense....