Monday, July 8, 2013

July 2013 Garden Update

It's July, and most of the garden is really starting to take off...

This is the first time in a few years that we have had a garden this big. We've always had lettuce, tomatoes, and several herbs, but this year we wanted to challenge ourselves a little bit. So we did! Here is a little tour of our vegetable garden as of July (I will be doing a separate tour of the herb garden soon) :

We have 3 tomato plants, and they are all doing fantastic. Before we know it, we will have tons of fresh tomatoes.

The spinach isn't doing that great...hopefully it will only get better from here...

Lemon cucumbers are one of the more interesting veggies in our garden...

The spaghetti squash is looking great!

The butternut squash is slowly growing...

The biggest of the zucchini plants...

The junior pumpkins are looking good...

We should have several large pumpkins this fall!

The onions kind of blend in with the weeds, but they are there!

We have six beautiful potato plants!

The kale is getting destroyed by slugs, but hopefully we can save it!

The arugula is also getting destroyed...

This is the only green pepper plant that is still living!

The rhubarb is also getting eaten, but is still fairly healthy...

The garlic is going strong...

The broccoli plants are getting eaten...darn slugs...

The junior sunflowers are looking good...

We are going to have tons of carrots!

We don't have many bean plants that sprouted, but the ones that did are doing great!

The pea plants are in desperate need of trellises, but they are starting to produce little peas!

We have two rows of beautiful corn!

This cucumber plant looks like it's dying, but it's not, I promise!

 Northern Oregon is NOT famous for growing melons, but the watermelon sprouts haven't died yet!

The sunflowers are getting pretty tall!

Last but not least, we have brussel sprouts. They aren't too big yet, but hopefully they'll start growin' soon...

My little garden friend
That's about it for the vegetable garden. Yes, I am aware that it really needs to be weeded right now! I am so happy that we chose to have a bigger garden this year, though! I think it will be totally worth it.

Now to get those slugs under control...

Thanks for reading! Comment below with any questions or suggestions! How is your garden doing?


  1. We have a small garden, but have started picking ripe tomatoes and peppers everyday. I'd like to have some vine vegetables like your squash and pumpkins, too. Maybe next year.

    1. That's great! The vine vegetables have turned out to be really easy to grow!

  2. Try an epsom salt spray for your plants. It's really great for tomato and pepper plants, but works well with other plants. 1 tsp epsom salt dissolved into 4 cups of water and then spray it on. Keeps the slugs away!

  3. Our garden is looking really good too! Our radishes are done but the swiss chard and lettuce is still going strong. We have a ton of flowers on our green beans, several small tomatoes already, flowers on the summer squash and zucchini and some small peppers on all our pepper plants! Our cukes got a late start but they are looking good. We have had lots of good rain this summer followed by sunshine-- yeah!

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumbles Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop- I hope you will join us again next week!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

  4. Good Morning,
    I am visiting from Fresh Food Wednesday and really enjoyed your Garden Tour. Hope you have a great day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  5. I hopped over on the blog hop and loved seeing your garden, especially your garden friend! A good tip for weeding is to thoroughly soak your daily paper every day after you've finished with it and lay it around your plants. Weeds can't come up through it. A little bonus is when you water your garden it holds the moisture longer.

  6. Thanks for joining my Mountain Woman Rendezvous today!! I look forward to seeing more from you... Congrats on your garden - that will be us next year... We have large stumps in the garden area yet this year as we are clearing the area and the greenhouse should be done real soon so I can get some veggies in and keep things going through winter if all goes well... Blessings and thanks again for stopping by!! MWJ <>< <3

    1. Thanks, Tammy! I found you through your podcast! I listen to it EVERY WEEK and love it!!

  7. I'm so sad! My South Alabama garden has had soooooo much rain, my tomatoes are ruined! Your garden looks great. I'll have to run over to the Piggly Wiggly for some good tomatoes this year.

  8. Your garden looks great, you will surely enjoy a wonderful harvest. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  9. You're garden looks awesome! Slugs were eating my kale and red cabbage, too. I crumbled up egg shells and put them around the plants - and salt - and managed to save most of them. You might try that. I did that with my tomatoes, too. Where are you in north Oregon? I lived in Portland for 10 parents, my brother and his family are in Hermiston now.