Updated: Aug 19, 2022
It is now time to take it easy, stay cool, and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Keep those pests under control with bee-friendly methods. I grow many Marigolds which in order to deter mosquitoes & snakes and use a Neem Oil Spray (from your local plant nursery) and/or Soapy Water on the leaves of plants to kill detructive bugs like aphids & squash bugs. Slugs do a lot of damage on low-lying leaves and fruit (as well as spread disease from rodent droppings), but you can easily capture & drown them in shallow jar lids filled with beer or a yeast mixture (1 cup warm water+1/2 tsp. yeast+1 tsp. sugar+1 tsp. flour.).