The Garden {and Life} in July

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.
HELLO FRIDAY!
Sheesh….am I still living in Arizona?!?
I left Arizona because of heat and blowing a/c!


 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}


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!}


 Oh my goodness…wonderful mahi-mahi tacos!
One of Sandpoint’s true pleasures is enjoying Schweitzer Mountain!
GO & ENJOY!

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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…..now to the garden...

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 The heat has just decimated the garden…but the flowers are loving it :)
So far.


 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.
HELP!
*UPDATE*
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 :)