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Garden Update ~ Spring in Iowa! 5/6

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It’s time for another garden update! Since I have been gone for most of the last 2 weeks, I haven’t done much out at my gardens, but that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening out there. Spring has finally sprung in Eastern Iowa and I am excited to share with you the progress in my gardens!

blueberry bushMy blueberries are coming along. Last year right as I was about to pick the gorgeous, ripe blueberries, the birds ate them. This year, I’m going to try to beat the birds!
baby potato plantI found potatoes! I was worried because I planted them in really cold and wet weather, but I was very happy to find quite a few have sprouted now. Last week I dug up around a couple of them to see what was going on and it looked like they would poke through. But I was still relieved to find this today.
purple passion asparagusI was also excited to find several springs of the purple passion asparagus I planted three years ago. Since this is the third year, I am very hopeful that I’ll get a wonderful crop. I’m heading out this afternoon to finally clean out the bed so it can grow.
garlic plant My garlic keeps getting bigger and bigger. I can’t wait to harvest my own fresh garlic.dandelion bouquetThe weeds, violets, tulips and daffodils are all beautiful! My kids are having a blast making bouquets!
dandelion bouquetIt was all of 70 degrees today so my kids thought they could run around naked. 😉

round top barnI haven’t shared a recent picture of our barn! Here it is!! Soon I will share a post about the inside. It’s mostly finished and my husband and our employees are working out of a really, really gorgeous office space.
turkey creekThe kids really wanted to go wading in the creek, but the water was absolutely freezing! I’m not sure what this creek is called…but the kids enjoy wading around in it.

cast iron bathtubsWe have a couple of cast iron bath tubs on our property that I just can’t bring myself to get rid of. I need to get on pinterest and find something crazy to do with them. Any ideas?

tire swingThis is one of our tire swings in a crazy old tree I love. The kids love this swing.
red bud tree And finally, our red bud tree is blooming at our house in town. It’s so pretty. I love how it contrasts with this little birdhouse my daughter built last year. 🙂

Goals for my garden this week:

  • Finally, and for real this time, weed and mulch the strawberry and asparagus patches
  • Weed my garden – oh yes. The weeds are already out there. 🙁
  • Harden off and plant my cool weather starts: cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and brussel sprouts
  • Plant more cool seeds {lettuce, kale, carrots, kohlrabi, etc} as the ones I planted a few weeks ago have not sprouted
  • Harden off and plant my tomatoes and cucumber seedlings

And that’s what’s going on in my garden. What’s happening in yours?

If you’re curious about the barn we moved to our property several years ago and completely restored, the story is here. And here is a post on how to plant potatoes using the no-dig method.

Have a great week in your garden!

Linking up: TGP; Tuesday Greens; Wildcrafting Wednesday; Homestead Barn Hop;


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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankSavannah says

    Oh how I love those bath tubs. I wouldn’t get rid of them either. Although, I am not quite sure how I’d use them either! LOL…stopping by from an Oregon Cottage. I am new to your site and will take a look around.

  2. blankCara Ivey says

    Down here in Bayou Country 2 cast iron tubs make for the perfect GIANT grill! My Grandfather made one and has been cooking with it for 15 years! You can grill enough to feed an army! LOL!

  3. blankBecky says

    Any sort of flowers that drape would be perfect for those bathtubs. Violas would be gorgeous! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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