~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Garden Visit.. Sept 25-29 Prepare Beds. Mow to slow growth, quit things. Make changes. Sept 30 Plant everything suitable to your climate. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Atlantic
HURRICANE MATTHEW Has weakened slightly, the last recon pressure was 947 mb. Matthew is expected to vary in strength yet remain a very strong storm, and to turn north to impact Jamaica, Cuba and Hispaniola.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Most of Brevard's Boil Water Alert is over. A few streets are still affected in Indialantic and Indian Harbor. They should be receiving front door notification on Friday. Lightning struck the water treatment plant at Lake Washington lastnight causing a loss in pressure. This notice affects 150,000 people. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
97L Is a larger storm trying to pull together in the Atlantic. It may hit the Windward Islands Wednesday evening into Thursday Morning as a Tropical Storm or a Minimal Hurricane. It might also roll along the north shore of South America to some extent.
Garden Visit.. Sept 22 Harvest, prepare beds & entertain. Sept 23-24 Plant everything suitable to your climate.
Legumes are a great way to fix nitrogen from the air into your soil. It's a crop that fertilizes while it produces lots of green fodder for livestock or compost. Another variety that is gaining popularity in the South East United States is Peanut Hay. Originally from South America, the four Florida strains comes from an old field originally planted by University of Florida back in the 1930s. It was abandon for some time then rediscovered to have naturalized a variety that didn't grow much for peanuts but produced a wonderful hay crop similar to alfalfa, but with slightly less protein. It's drought resistant, loves sand and doesn't have potentially deadly to livestock pest issues like blister beetles in alfalfa. Alfalfa also doesn't grow well in the south so this gives a local alternative that uses no fertilizer, pesticides or fuel to haul it across the country. Here is the variety developed by UF. This is another variety from Bolivia that produces limited seed and though isn't as productive for hay it has a better tolerance for grazing. Image Credit: Yoana Newman, UF/IFAS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brevard County Mosquito Spraying Map Undergoes Update
Recently the Brevard County Mosquito Spray Schedule Map was Beta testing for their new updated site map. The new version is out. Overall it combines the list of the scheduled day with the map reference to know if your area was scheduled and if it was by truck or by air, putting it all in one. At first glance by the old system this would have been for Friday only. Now you need to click on your area on the map to see which day as the map may cover several days though it change as areas are completed. Pictured is the map for the whole weekend captured on Friday. I'm due to get aerial sprayed tonight. Usually weekend spraying hasn't been so heavy so seemed like a good time to point out the new mapping system. Another change Brevard County Mosquito Control recently made, with the return of school and sports, was to conduct evening sprays after 10pm.
Aerial spraying is a growing hot topic as Zika has prompted attention to this increasing practice. Was almost surprised at Finn's reaction (this dicussion started last blog)...they have been spraying Palm Beach County for years. This year they have been doing less aerial spraying than Brevard County. Miami-Dade is conducting a heavy air, truck and hand spraying over the next few weeks, despite local protests. Puerto Rico hasn't allowed the spraying of naled (the common insecticide used) on it's people.
They have sprayed here all my life. I've always been told the area would be uninhabitable if we didn't. Back in 1980s mosquitoes at times would rise up in such a cloud from the shores of Lake Washington that it would nearly block out the evening twilight. Locals claim when enough of them gather they can carry off people and livestock. When I was a kid and the house was sort of tucked up in the woods, the spray truck (like the one pictured) would drive around through backyards even, fogging the yard completely. They still loop through church parking lots and such. I've known people that have been sprayed out bike riding by the trucks. It's not good for health.
Aerial sprays are a little more terrifying...suddenly it appears, right above the treeline, flashing lights and rain of insecticide. They used to use yellow bi-planes when I was a kid. Now a helicopter. Wabit had a point that this is bad for the bees. There has been several large bee colony wipe-outs due to mosquito spraying in Brevard County over the years. Recently one event happened where millions of honeybees were killed in South Carolina due to spraying for the type of mosquito that carried Zika. It was their first aerial spray in 14 years. It caught alot of people and bees off gaurd, even though it was used according to manufacture's instruction. Photo credit: Brevard County Mosquito Control
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ GEOS-5 showing the temperature forecast anomalies for September. Florida and the East are a little on the warm side. Cooler in Mexico into Mississippi Valley. Warm in the Midwest, with near average in the West. Image Credit:NASA
Precipitation anomalies for September seemingly reflect Newton to some extent & probably 92L remains coming for parts of Mexico with heavy floods. Florida gets above average rain with the Southeast in general having a notably dry month. The dry region stretches across the US with the West Coast having average rain. Possible Flooding in parts of Canada.. Blue is less rain. Image Credit: NASA
Seasonally for fall and winter, Canada & Mexico are near or a little below average Temps while the United States is warm & warmer in the East than West. For precipitation Florida has a moist fall and average to a little on the dry side winter. Much of the rest falls in a pattern for late fall and early winter with a return of rain for California. A swath of drought grows across the southeast with areas south of the Great Lakes possibly facing more flooding or deep snow. Here is November December and January, typical of the next two seasons. The precipitation anomalies over the next 6 months may occur the worst in December with severe flooding along the West Coast & heavy flooding south of the Great Lakes. Heavy precipitation is red to gray. Image Credit: NASA
What to plant this month in Florida
North FL Bush & pole beans, Broccoli, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, onions, turnips, summer squash, Kohlrabi, beets, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, mustard, parsley, radish.
Central FL pole, lima & bush beans, broccoli, celery, collards, corn, eggplant, onions, peppers, cucumbers, southern peas, summer squash, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, mustard, parsley, radish, turnips.
South FL bush, pole & lima beans, broccoli, cantaloupes, cabbage, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, mustard, parsley, okra, southern peas, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, tomatoes & watermelon.