Happy Tuesday Garden Party, friends! I’m your host for today, so you can read on to see how we’re coping with our unusual dry and hot June – and it looks like July is shaping up to be the same. Let me know in the comments what your weather is like – is it really as upside-down as it seems with normally dry areas like the midwest getting more rain? I’m dying to know!
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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!
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