It’s already the last Tuesday Garden Party for July – wow, doesn’t the season fly by when you’re watering, watering, watering? Or if you’re in the area of the country with lots of water – weeding, weeding, weeding? (ha!) I’m hosting the party this week and as I was looking through the links from last week, there are tips for dealing with both weather extremes, as well as recipes to use your produce and some GORGEOUS flowers. Seriously, I have flower-envy and I’m regretting that I didn’t take the time to grow zinnias this year for cutting, they are such a perfect summer-to-fall flower.
Okay – on to this week’s party – read on for a peek into my garden, the links from last week I picked to feature, and the linky of course!
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From your host this week, me:
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!
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!
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!!)
Looking forward to your shares for this week!