Grasshoppers — The Ninth Year

The Labor Day weekend is traditionally the end of summer for most people, although autumn  doesn’t officially begin until September 22nd.  Even with the unprecedented heat we have had all summer and continue to have, a few chilly nights around 50F are a sure sign that summer will eventually wind down.


While we usually see something new in the garden every few days, all summer long, the most recent change cannot be ignored — as it bumps into you as you pass each other in the rows.  Grasshoppers!  They’re everywhere and in bigger numbers than we have seen in recent memory.  


According to Farmer’s Almanac, “One hundred years worth of records show that grasshopper abundance rises and falls rhythmically every 9.2 years.”




If this isn’t actually a 9th year, someone forgot to tell the grasshoppers.