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Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 7/28/2015

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Happy Tuesday, Friends! I hope this week finds you well. I’m back in Missouri this week as my kids are in a wonderful art camp they attend each year. I don’t have a long garden update for you, but if you follow me over on Instagram, you’ll see that I’m very concerned about my pumpkins as they’ve started to wilt during they day. That’s a sure sign the bugs are after them hard. I’m scared to see how they fare without me.

Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 7/28/2015

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The good news is I’ve been pickling cucumbers! And my tomatoes are starting to look great, though they aren’t as far along as Jami’s.

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From your host this week, Jami at An Oregon Cottage:

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Since I didn’t get our beans planted until late May, I’m impatiently waiting for the first beans. While I’m waiting, though, I enjoy watching the pole beans climb and adore the sweet purple blossoms on my favorite Emerite pole beans. I love it when edibles are beautiful, too!

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Most things in my summer garden are really liking all the heat – I harvested early zucchini and grape tomatoes (early for me – I’m usually late with planting them, and didn’t plant zucchini until June), the tomato plants are growing HUGE and are loaded with both smaller ripening tomatoes (Early Girl, Black Cherry, and the grape tomato are all ripening for me now) and gigantic green heirlooms like the Brandywine pictured. Wow, it’s going to be a banner year for tomatoes!


The peppers are growing great, too, and haven’t really needed their pepper house this season – it’s been open for all but the first few weeks. I’m starting to get ripening peppers, but sadly I’m getting lots of sun scald. It ruins that part of the pepper, unfortunately, and there’s apparently not enough leaf cover to prevent it. Bummer. Maybe I should try to add a shade screen to the top of the pepper house? Any one else have experience with this problem?

That’s it from my garden- on to the features I picked from last week!

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1a. & 1b. If you’ve got strawberries still (mine are long gone), you’ll want to check out these two jams to make: No Sugar Strawberry Chokecherry Jam @ Grace & Garden Homestead and Strawberry-Rhubarb Jelly @ The Country Nest

2. Check out this list of flower seeds you can plant in the fall @ Sensible Gardening

3. Get tips on drying hydrangeas @ New House New Home

4. For those of us with dry summers here are some ways to conserve water @ Our Quarter Acre Homestead

5. I simply adore the riot of flower color @Priscillas – wow. (note to self: plant zinnias next year!!)

Thanks for joining us for our Tuesday Garden Party!

Looking forward to your shares for this week!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankNikki Frank-Hamilton says

    I haven’t been by in awhile as I haven’t had garden updates, this year the rain has ruined most of the garden of our friends, I am lucky enough to have some produce but I am bummed that it is a small harvest! Bummer.

    Hope your kids have a great time at camp. Have a good week.

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