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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.
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.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:
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