Happy Tuesday, Friends! I hope this week finds you well. I’m looking forward to sharing my garden update with you and seeing what you have to share this week!After spending a lovely 4th of July weekend in Hannibal, Missouri, I’m back home again and pleased with the progress in my garden. It needs a quick weeding – probably take me a hour to go through it – and this is the perfect time because we just got another ton of rain yesterday. It’s always easiest to pull those pesky weeds right after a nice rain.
My garden so far is producing quite well. The garlic is ready to dig, I’ve taken a few absolutely delicious new potatoes, and carrots are also ready to pull. I’m finally starting to see more tomatoes on my sad looking tomatoes.
I’m just not sure what I’ll get this year for a tomato crop. I hope it’s good enough to can as I’ve almost used all of the roasted tomato sauce and the crushed tomato sauce I canned last year. My homemade pizza sauce is long gone, and let me tell you how delicious that was! I would really, really like to can more of that this year and also share the recipe with you, now that I know how well it turned out!
I also finally see some baby cucumbers. One way I have heard to beat the cucumber beetles, in addition to companion planting radishes, is to plant them a little later, which I did this year. I’m so jealous of the fresh cucumber pictures I’m seeing on instagram, but I hope that my planting delay will be better for me in the long run. I did see one cucumber beetle on Sunday, but he was killed quickly! But I’m keeping a sharp eye out for those nasty buggers, and I’ve got my DE at the ready!
And that’s what’s going on in my garden! Can’t wait to hear about yours!
Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 7/7/2015
It’s Tuesday and time for the Garden Party! Read on to link up your garden inspired posts – recipes, diy, tutorials, and tips & tricks! If you don’t have posts to link up, come keep reading for a big dose of garden inspiration!
From your host this week, Jami at An Oregon Cottage:
Things seem to be topsy-turvy in the States this summer – our Iowa TGP co-host, Michelle, is getting more rain than normal (as I’m also hearing from friends in Ohio and other midwest states), while here in Oregon we’re breaking heat and no-rain records left and right. To say us rain-soaked Pacific North Westerners aren’t prepared for this is an understatement. It’s only the first week of July and we seem to be running out of watering steam already – at least I am! I’m scanning the 10-day forecast constantly looking for even a hint of rain, but so far nothing. A few days ago we were taunted with a possibility on Saturday, but just a few days later the little weather app icon was upgraded to full sun – not even partial sun!
Thanks to soakers and mulch (and being on our own well, so we only pay electricity), our vegetables and flowers are doing great. Well, the ones that love the heat. The peas and lettuce? Not so much.
A reader asked how I was keeping everything watered so I thought I’d share how we do a sort of “water triage,” concentrating water in the most important areas:
- the side and back flower-shrub borders get a soaking with the soaker hose every week only
- the back grass gets watered once a week with a sprinkler (this only just keeps it from turning completely brown, but it works for us)
- the front grass doesn’t get watered at all (we’re rural, so it just matches all the pastures that surround us – I realize urban areas would have to keep the front watered)
I save more thorough watering for where it matters:
- the front flower border that visitors see – soaker hose every 5 days
- the flower pots – watered daily
- our small bird bath flower bed in the backyard (in our outdoor living area) – watered every 3-4 days
- the vegetable and fruit garden – soaker on the beds every 5-7 days for 3-4 hours (once the berries stop producing, I’ll move to every other week watering, just to keep them alive through the heat)
Have any watering tips? Be sure to share in the comments!
Meanwhile, here are the features from last week’s TGP – check them out and then link up any gardening post, recipe using garden produce, or garden decor/diy you’ve done!
1. Brooke has such a sweet hillside butterfly garden @ Creative Country Mom
2. How to grow & roast sweet potatoes that thrive in summer’s heat @ My Maple Hill Farm
3. Love all the use of galvanized planters @ Priscillas
4. How to freeze lemon slices @ My Overflowing Cup
5. Grape arbor fence – such a great idea for privacy and to support large vines @ Such A Busy Backyard
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