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Garden Review – July 10-16

July 17, 2011

Had me a visitor this morning.  A Silver-spotted Skipper.  I read they almost never visit yellow flowers…this guy sure seemed to like my Lucky Lemon Cream lantana though.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Here’s this past week’s garden review.  I’m happy to report the garden has not suffered a heat stroke yet.   The lawn…well its probably getting pretty close.

Week of July 10-16

The weather is tropical.  Heat and humidity are insane and according to the forecast, it’s sticking around for a while.  I can’t say I remember any recent summers where its been consistently this hot and sticky. 

Still better than winter!!!

And you know working in the garden in this heat is a great way to sweat out any toxins you may have accumulated over the weekend. 😉  Got my detox in this morning.

This butterfly flew in all the way from Arizona…

Butterfly garden decor


  • Two big sacks of green beans
  • Several onions – this year has been great for producing big onions
  • 5 zucchini
  • 5 eggplants – they are just so tiny
  • (2) handfuls of cherry tomatoes…I can’t remember exactly but I think they are Sun Sugars?
  • Herbs – basil, oregano, parsley, thyme

Texas Supersweet

Garden Notables

  • Heirloom tomatoes are growing…unfortunately too slow for me
  • Fighting squash bugs and cucumber beetles on zucchini
  • Melon have set lots of fruit and are doubling in size almost daily
  • Potato plant foliage starting to dry up
  • Green beans hit peak production…now slowing
  • Soybeans are loaded, just not to size yet
  • Cherry tomatoes ripening and plant is covered with fruit
  • Hydrangeas started to bloom including Little Lamb & Pinky Winky

Little Lamb hydrangea

My first full size pepper of the year.  Love the purple color…flavor was nothing great though.

Purple bell pepper

The soybeans are still not quite to size…look at all the cute fuzzy hair on the outside.

Baby soybean

The full view. Sounds like I might be starting to finish the pathways soon.  Once the heat settles…looking forward to it!

Raised bed garden July 17

How’s your garden fairing in this heat?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2011 9:09 am

    I’m so jealous of your raised beds… putting some in this fall.


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