Hi friends!

This has been one ugly month…weather wise that is…

with extreme temps…

at least for North Idaho!!!

{I don’t remember a summer this hot in the last 6 years since I’ve been here}

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…and it’s gonna get worse.


Sheesh….am I still living in Arizona?!?

I left Arizona because of heat and blowing a/c!

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 So a girl’s gotta have a little bit of fun mixed in with the gardening & heat…

like taking the chair lift to the top of Schweitzer Mtn…

{Lake Pend Oreille in distance}

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to dine al fresco at the new Sky House restaurant at the 6400′ summit.

Hey, at least it was 80ish instead of 90ish.

{Yeah my gardenista-itis wants to plant cover crops ASAP up there!}

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 Oh my goodness…wonderful mahi-mahi tacos!

One of Sandpoint’s true pleasures is enjoying Schweitzer Mountain!


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 And…of course…hitting Lake Pend Oreille…this kayak adventure on the Fourth…totally patriotic hehe.

Yeah that’s who I am. Just having fun with the mini flags. Isn’t that what life’s about?

 OK… to the garden…

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 The heat has just decimated the garden…but the flowers are loving it 🙂

So far.

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 All looks better than it really is 🙁

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 I harvested the garlic scapes…

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 made pesto…

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 and the garlic is now drying in the greenhouse for a couple of weeks.

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 I’m improvising with a new herb dryer that I bought on Amazon.

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 Cucumber plants look fantastic…but no cukes yet…

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 I do have one beautiful red cabbage head ready to pull…

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 tomatillos are loving the heat…

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 pole beans look happy but no beans yet!

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Oriental snow peas are very unhappy…

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 but the Oregon sugar pods are doing well.

Go figure.

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What’s left of the parsley is bolting and the cilantro is pretty much gone…

{I have used a lot of parsley already for juice}

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The Walla Walla onions are doing FABULOUS!!!

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 Butternut squash not so well. The zucchini looks like this too.

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  I hope someone can tell me what kind of black bugs are eating my beautiful sunflower petals!!!

They’re everywhere!

I’ve never had this before in the garden.



Only one day after posting this, I discovered what these nasty bugs are…blister beetles.

They are toxic and can injure horses and livestock if swallowed. 

Google to check out more info.

I am cutting all the sunflowers with beetles on them and soaking them in soapy water.  Also, my calendula that I had been drying for salve will be thrown out too.  They were all over the flowers when I picked them.

ARGH…live and learn 🙂

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 I tried to fool Mother Nature with our cool Spring and planted Brussels Sprouts…

hoping I might get some.

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I have a few at the bottom of the stalks…but with this heat coming not likely the rest will survive.

Better pull them tomorrow.

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Cut some lavender…haven’t decided how to use it…still drying…

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red potatoes and green onions and a few Anaheim chiles were ready…

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 Anaheim peppers are the only ones so far that I’ve gotten…

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 beautiful…but not as hot as my planted Jalapeños, Thai chile, Cayenne or Serrano…

and I like them HOT🔥!

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Green tomatoes everywhere…and not one red.

And it’s almost August for crying out loud!

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 Echinacea is beautiful! The bees love it.

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 Have also cut calendula and drying it for salves.

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I have new Brussel Sprouts growing to plant soon to harvest in the Fall.

Hope I get some this time!

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Hope your garden is doing great!

Let me know what you’ve got going!

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I leave you with this calm and cool photo of horses grazing on the edge of Lake Pend Oreille.

I am always amazed at what I see when kayaking.

There ain’t no place like North Idaho!

Carry on gardenistas!

PS  I almost forgot to mention…website happenin’ much slower that I had hoped.

It’s happenin’ tho…

when I stop pulling my hair out…

coming soon means coming sometime soon…hehe 🙂

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Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 | 7 comments


  1. Your garden is ALWAYS fun to watch grow, but i know how much work it involves. I tried growing Brussel Sprouts this year and they just barely came up a couple of inches and then the heat turned them yellow despite all the water I gave them. I’m DONE with my garden for the year….I’ll enjoy yours vicariously.

    • Yes….work work and more work. I hear ya!

  2. Betautiful, but I agree with Robbie it looks like A TON of work!
    I’m having trouble keeping my lawn green LOL

    • This heat is a killer…for the garden and my motivation too. Hate to admit it! But there’s only so much one can do!

  3. Absolutely lovely! So many good things happening in your garden. Not sure what those bugs are that are tormenting your sunflowers. I haven’t seen those bugs, myself.

    • Thanks Christine. The heat tho kills my spunk! But we did have fresh green beans for dinner tonite! YUM!

  4. Great garden update 😉 Things are starting to really heat up!

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