Tuesday Garden Party for July 7th

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Garden Party! Did you see all the great links from last week? If you missed them be sure to click here to check them out.

This past week was such a hot one, like Jami mentions below. Jami and myself, live in the same state just in different parts, but we’ve both been experiencing the hot weather. Which is unusual for us here in Oregon, where we usually have rain up to the 4th of July.

The peas are dying off but I'm letting a few pods dry on the vine to save the seeds.

My poor peas are almost dead from all the heat. I’m only keeping them up so I can save the seeds from the few pods that remain. They are such a sorry sight. But it will be nice to have seeds for next year.

For some reasons half of my cucumbers are doing well. The other half, well not so much. The bush cucumbers are doing well, but the regular cucumbers are struggling, almost not growing at all. I think they might not be getting enough sun, since they are planted in the bed one over from the beans.How are cucumbers are progressing in the garden.The beans have really taken off and I think they are shadowing the cucumbers too much. Or it might be, that I had to replant them after the slugs or some other critter attacked them. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the bush cucumbers will produce well this year and the vine cucumber will take off. I really want to make a few batches of bread and butter pickles and dill pickles too. There is always the local farmers markets if they don’t produce well enough.

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

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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!

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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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4 thoughts on “Tuesday Garden Party for July 7th”

  1. I’m so sorry about your peas! It must be frustrating to lose them after all the work you’ve done. My daughter planted a bean plant in her class before school let out, and it looks like it’s doing well, although I don’t have any experience with gardening 🙂

    1. How exciting your daughter’s bean plant is doing well. Our beans have really taken off with the warm weather. If you keep the bean plant in full sun and have your daughter water it a little each day it should do well. Hopefully she will get a few beans off of it too. I’ve found that if my kids help grow it, they will eat it. One way to get the kids to eat their veggies. 🙂

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