We are in day 2 of the heat wave. The temperature is 80 on the patio and it isn't yet 8:30am. (I won't be posting this until much later.) I have already picked tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers and watered all the containers. The cucumber plants looked pretty bad so I took them out. They are done for the season. The four cucumbers of a size to pick will go in salads for the rest of the week. I have a number of peppers to core, slice and package for freezing. Late last week I found something had chewed up my peppermint cutting. Most things don't bother any of the mints and it took me a couple of days to find the little monster--tent caterpillars. I guillotined about a half dozen and today I didn't find any new ones. The plant is looking much better. Then trimming back the tomatoes I found another strange beetle (strange to me, anyway). A quick Google search and I identified it as a stink bug. I will have to look at how to "discourage" these nasty pests.
I can't say this any better, except perhaps to remark that to "make war without going to war" is a pretty cowardly way to go. So much for "land of the brave."