16 thoughts on “July Garden Update and Tour of Our Zone 6 Midwest Garden – Week One.

    Suzanne Fernandes

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Your garden looks absolutely beautiful this year Jim, especially the changes that you made, so glad that all those experiments worked their magic, I see you did not experiment much with the tomato and corn varieties this season ,but still no complaining love it all !!

    Little Bean's Garden

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    I was gifted hollyhock seeds this year, I can’t wait to grow them in my garden. Lol your tomatillos are going bonkers. A good problem to have. I don’t like sweet potato, but might grow them for ground cover. Love your bee balm, it is so beautiful! That morning glory is gorgeous, the color is so bright, very pretty. Take care friend 😊

    neverlostforwords

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Hi Jim, It all looks so wonderful! I loved the tour! Despite the heat you have produced heaps of good food! I had some winged tiny capsicum plants (a bit like the ones you showed but they had a winged appearance) last summer that looked amazing when they all fruited. Apparently many people grow those small capsicum plants as ornamentals as well as for vegetables.

    The shade cloth over the tomatoes looks like it is doing its job. I heard today on a podcast for this past weekend's BBC Kitchen Garden radio show (you can find it online by searching) the gardening expert say that for various fruits/veggies to set, the flowers should be sprayed with water. She said that this helps with pollination. An exuberant man then phoned in and said that he heavily watered his running beans twice a day (in the current heat), sprinkled around some well rotted horse manure after the bean plants were growing (but not doing well yet) and that he also sprayed the bean flowers with water daily as he had been advised to do so to help with pollination. He said he now had a large crop of beans. I thought you might be interested.

    London Worms & Garden

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    So much going on … wow … flowers fruits and veg all lush and thriving. I've never seen tomatoes that big or that type. Incredible. I'm still in awe you can grow a banana tree in your back garden lol. Great tour and update. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is well with you my friend.

    UT33200

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    There is always so much to say on your vids that I could make comments into essays. A really good look at the stuff you have growing everywhere. So many unique varieties, ideas and intrigue. Good stuff. Thanks for the share!

    An Old School Home

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    😂 “keeping the bees from messing up my work” 😂 I have to rescue at least 1 every day from the pool 😊 And shade cloth will do wonders – the best purchase I’ve ever made for my raised bed. As always, your garden looks absolutely beautiful Jim! 😍

    Rose Downing

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Your garden looks great! So, you are trying to grow squash, too. I am experimenting this year with growing zucchini under a row cover. I planted the seeds in late June, and have kept them under cover since then to see if I can beat the squash vine borer. I plan to keep them under the row covers until late July when I think the vine borer moth stops laying eggs in my area. If I have to, I will hand pollinate. Fingers crossed.

    Michael Marshall

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Your garden is awesome😀

    CB's Greenhouse and Garden

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Yes sir the heat came in way to early this year and been bad no doubt. Your garden is holding up really good Jim. Lots of maters growing on over there. Rene said she wants that Dill. Are you getting this cold front? So nice to be only 80 over the weekend. Finally getting some much needed rain at the house. Far few between getting some. Flowers look great buddy! As always your garden is doing awesome. Keep up the great work over there and stay cool as you can. Hope you have a great weekend!

    A Beautiful Nest TV

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Everything is looking absolutely amazing! Beautiful! You really have my attention with the pink banana! I’m looking into it!!Thanks for sharing. -Sandria

    P. C.

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    This tour is the way it's suppose to be! Everything is coming along so good considering the heat you had.
    Just by watching your squash in with your corn let's me know that's not the squash for me lol. Ugh! Is there any squash that doesn't try to take over the whole world lol.
    I think you could turn your tomatillos into a nice looking hedge 🙂 I just hope you like the taste of them. It's definitely a pretty plant.
    I'm looking forward to seeing how your beans turn out climbing up the corn though. Can you imagine how pretty that's going to be when your beans flower? I'm excited for your next update!👍

    I. C. Spotz

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Thanks for the link on the cucumber basil tomato salad….been looking for a good recipe

    loisann therapy Gardening

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    🌻🌻🌻Very nice update🌻🌻🌻💕💕💕💕God Bless💕💕💕💕

    A little dirt never hurt

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Lol those tomatillo's get big don't they?? Everything is looking great Jim. Nice sized maters, that Belgian seemed pretty big to me! Great tour, alway fun to see what is doing well(everything) and how things are growing. Have a great weekend buddy:))

    thatpat1

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    That garden is growing so much you may go in and get tangled up in there. Better take your phone with you.

    My Hillside Garden

    (August 10, 2018 - 1:05 am)

    Jim, nice update. Like the idea of your shade cloth. I'm sure the plants do appreciate it. The weather has been super hot here in zone 6A as well. Have a lovely weekend! Catherine

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