Tuesday Garden Party – Garden Inspiration for 8/18/2015

Here we are on another Tuesday already! This summer is flying by for me. I can’t believe all of the people whose kids have already gone back to school. We’re not quite there yet, but are supposed to start next week! How about you?
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I’ve honestly been ignoring my garden for the most part lately. The cucumbers need to be pulled out as they’re done. I’m still waiting on the full swing of tomatoes -they just haven’t gone bonkers yet this year. Some of the plants are loaded with tomatoes, but they’re just taking their sweet time to ripen. I’m really surprised at how slow the tomatoes are this year. My beans are another story, though! I am very excited about my dried beans. I love the Jacobs Cattlebeans – they’re drying nicely on the plants and are so pretty. I opened one yesterday to see what I’ve got. My Rattlesnake Beans were planted later and they’re growing nicely up the corn in the Three Sisters Garden, but they haven’t started dying back yet. And the pumpkins are awesome! I can’t believe how nice my pumpkins look. I’m most proud of them. They aren’t really useful for eating, but I will really enjoy decorating with them. 🙂

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

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During our recent trip to Santa Monica, California we saw some amazing yards and gardens and I couldn’t help but take a picture for you guys of this one – it was so over-the-top! Of course, one of the reasons was that it was an advertisement of sorts for the people who lived there and who were garden designers (which I knew from a sign in the yard). This was a relatively small area and they had it filled to the brim with plants. I especially liked a tiered fountain they had planted with trailing succulents instead of using it for water – a great idea in places where you can’t get water to, right?

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I had trimmed a couple of our tomatoes before our trip, since they were starting to show signs of blight. Unfortunately, when we returned, two had to be cut back hard and the debris sent to the burn pile (never compost blighted leaves – or any infected plants). Two of the affected bushes are the Tigerella heirloom tomatoes I grew from seed – and they aren’t next to each other, yet both have blight, making me think the seeds were tainted or they are just super susceptible to mid-summer blight. I won’t grow these again – for this reason and for the fact that they are small, really seedy, and just not as flavorful or useful (in canning, etc.) as others I can grow. I know some of you really liked this variety and encouraged me to try it, but it’s just not for us.

I can’t blame the heirloom only, though, as the other bush I lost completely was a Roma, a hybrid. The same variety is right next to it, and only this one is affected. Weird and random. I’m definitely on blight-alert, though, in the garden, as there are some blighted leaves on most of my 18 plants. I just want to keep them healthy enough to keep producing for another couple of months! I think someone told me last year to use milk on them? Or am I thinking of something else? Ha! I can’t even remember now – chime in with ideas if you have them!

Here are the features from last week-

Tuesday-Garden-Party-Features-8-18-151. Tomato, Leek & Goat Cheese Tart @ My Flagstaff Home

2. A nice onion harvest @ Four Hills of Squash

3. 4 Ways to Know Your Fresh Green Apple Is Ready to Pick @ Garden Valley Homestead

4. For the love of Vinca @ To Work With My Hands

5. Composting in garden beds @ Stone Family Farmstead

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Comments

  1. I LOVE your beans Michelle! They are so pretty! Tomato blight is a scourge of the earth everywhere I think. Dave built a greenhouse to keep his tomatoes free of it. Didn't work! But they are doing ok anyway. Resistant seed is the only way to go. Dave picked several varieties of tomato seed for blight resistance. He found out he has several different types of wilt and blight. lol Science project Gardening is! Thanks for hosting this link up. i love garden parties! :)

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